Former Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop has been at Tennessee for over a year now, but it looks like some problems are now popping up between him and his old school.
According to John Beauge of PennLive.com, Penn State is seeking $891,856 from Shoop in a lawsuit, claiming that Shoop owes the school money due to a clause in Shoop’s old 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.
Unlike similar coaching changes, Shoop did not have Tennessee help him buyout his contract with Penn State. According to Penn Live, the lawsuit was filed last month and was moved to a U.S. Middle District Court on Monday.
Shoop has been in coaching for nearly 30 years, and he was James Franklin’s defensive coordinator at Vanderbilt before the two then took the same positions at Penn State prior to the 2014 season. Shoop took the job at Tennessee in January of 2016 after the Vols and former coordinator John Jancek agreed to mutually part ways.