The Auburn defensive coordinator position will apparently remain open … at least for now.
The search continues after Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop declined the opportunity to accept the same position under Gus Malzahn at Auburn, a source told PennLive.com’s David Jones.
Not only did Shoop reject a coaching opportunity in the SEC, he rejected a salary that would have made him one of — if not — the highest-paid coordinators in all of college football, Jones reported.
Members of Shoop’s and Malzahn’s camps had been in contact over the past two weeks, and Auburn’s coach offered to meet with Shoop to further discuss the position earlier this week. Shoop declined the meeting, however, and informed Auburn officials he was uninterested in the position.
Instead, Shoop was fixated on preparing his defense for the TaxSlayer Bowl against UGA, which is set for Jan. 2.
Shoop earns about $1 million at Penn State. He received a raise at this time last year after LSU’s defensive coordinator position became open.
On Wednesday, Auburn commit David Marshall told SEC Country he expected the Tigers to fill its defensive coordinator position as early as this week.
Auburn’s defensive coordinator this past season, Will Muschamp, accepted the head coaching position at South Carolina. Lance Thompson will serve as Auburn’s interim defensive coordinator for the Birmingham Bowl against Memphis on Dec. 30.