Tennessee will not have to pay any of Bob Shoop’s buyout after the former Penn State defensive coordinator accepted the same position with the Vols.
Shoop agreed to a three-year deal worth $1.15 million per season when he chose to make the move to Tennessee. Shoop was reportedly making approximately $1 million at Penn State and had a buyout that was $800,000 according to Football Scoop.
Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said paying his own buyout was a statement about how badly Shoop wanted the job. Shoop replaces defensive coordinator John Jancek after he and the Vols agreed to part ways last week. Shoop and Tennessee coach Butch Jones are scheduled to address the media at a press conference on 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
“I’m sure they’ll talk about that a little bit tomorrow when Butch and Bob have their press conference, but in short, it’s a very, very loud statement about how bad Bob wanted to be a part of what is going on here in our football program,” Hart told GoVols247. “He was willing to handle that, and we were able to move forward then in a very rapid fashion to try to get something, which we were able to do.”