We’re better off without him, anyway
Penn State is suing former defensive coordinator Bob Shoop for nearly $900,000 due to breach of contract.
A clause in his contract stated if Shoop resigned before his contract expired on Feb. 15, 2018, he had to pay Penn State liquidated damages of 50 percent "of his base pay" for the remainder of his contract, according to the court documents. The contract stated Shoop wouldn't have to pay PSU back, if he became the head coach at another university within one year of the date of his resignation.
After working under James Franklin as defensive coordinator for Vanderbilt from 2011 to 2013 and Penn State at 2014 to 2015, Shoop left to take the same job at Tennessee in January 2016. According to Tennessee, the coach is responsible for any buyout provisions between him and prior employers such. Since Shoop left about two years before his deal expired, Penn State wants him to return one year’s worth of his base pay.
Don’t forget about the golf
Rising senior golfer Cole Miller has been named an honorable-mention All-American after he led Penn State to an appearance at the NCAA Championships this spring. With all five championship participants set to return for the Nittany Lions, Penn State Golf could be in for an exciting 2017-18 campaign.
You know you can’t resist the free swag
The 2017 Penn State Football poster will be available on July 11, and fans can get their hands on the coveted merchandise in downtown State College and other locations. The best way to obtain the free poster is in State College, where it will be handed out by members of the football team starting at 6 p.m. on July 11. There will also be Poster Pick Up Parties in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Washington, D.C. around the same time. If fans can’t make it to one of the events, the poster will be available at various places around State College starting on July 12.
More serious news
Graham Spanier’s request for a new trial has been denied after the former Penn State president was sentenced to two months in prison for child endangerment last month. Former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz were granted work release.
I always need a beer after these scandalous stories
The Nittany Valley Society is working on a documentary that celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of State College’s most famous bars, The Phyrst. The film, titled “The Phyrst 50: A Bar in a College Town” will debut at The State Theatre on November 10.
All you need is heart
Finally, check out the StateCollege.com interview with one of Penn State’s most underrated coaches, Char Morett-Curtiss.