LSU to talk to Shoop

Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop is scheduled to interview soon for the same position at LSU, according to a report Tuesday by The Advocate in Baton Rouge.

One big drawing point for the LSU job figures to be the pay. While LSU may or may not be considered a step up from Penn State, the salary the Tigers reportedly can offer would be a big jump.

LSU’s previous defensive coordinator, John Chavis, was making $1.3 million per year. He left to take over the same position at Texas A&M, and indications are LSU is willing to pay in that $1.3 million neighborhood for the next coordinator.

It’s not known what Shoop is making at Penn State, but it’s believed to be far less than $1.3 million.

Shoop already has spoken to LSU coach Les Miles about the job, according to published reports, and a full interview is upcoming.

Shoop has been PSU coach James Franklin’s defensive coordinator for four seasons, the first three at Vanderbilt, and by all accounts did a masterful job with the Nittany Lions this season. Penn State’s defense ranked among the best in the nation, with Shoop receiving widespread praise for his work.

If Shoop were to leave PSU, linebackers coach and Altoona native Brent Pry could be a strong possibility to replace him as defensive coordinator. Pry is co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach, as well as linebackers coach.

– Cory Giger