Shoop getting new contract

Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop is getting a new three-year contract worth nearly $1 million a year, according to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports.

Shoop had a brief flirtation with LSU the past few days before announcing Wednesday night he’s staying at Penn State.

It’s unknown how much he was making this past season, but the new high-priced contract provides a lot of incentive for him to stay with the Nittany Lions in case another school comes calling in the future.

Shoop, a Pittsburgh native, appeared on a radio show there Thursday and called Penn State “a dream job.”

“I knew I wanted to be a part of this,” Shoop said, “and be a part of building a Big Ten and national championship-caliber program and help take Penn State football back to elite status and make it relevant again on the national scene.”

He noted he was “flattered that someone has reached out to me.”

“But ultimately,” he said, “when it came to decision-making time, Penn State was the best opportunity for me and my family.”

Crook transferring

D.J. Crook, a walk-on who served as the backup quarterback this season, is leaving the PSU program and will transfer to Albany. He announced his decision Thursday on Twitter.

“I’m leaving Penn State on good terms and I wish the team the best of luck in the future!” Crook tweeted.

Crook appeared in one game this season in mop-up duty for Christian Hackenberg in a blowout against UMass and completed 6-of-9 passes for 57 yards with one TD.

He was the backup because both Trace McSorley and Michael O’Connor were redshirting. O’Connor has since announced he is transferring.