Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop will remain a Nittany Lion, according a message posted on his Twitter account Wednesday night.
“So excited (to be a) part of the Penn State Family,” Shoop tweeted. “Lots of work (to be) done. Committed to building a Big 10 (and) national championship program!”
Shoop interviewed with LSU coach Les Miles earlier Wednesday, an expected move The Advocate reported Tuesday.
It’s unclear if Shoop was offered the job to replace John Chavis, who bolted for Texas A&M a day after the Tigers lost the Music City Bowl to Notre Dame last week.
Shoop was highly interested in the position, according to a source close to the coach, but he felt pressure from Penn State head coach James Franklin during a weeklong flirtation with LSU, sources said.
Shoop, 48, was one of very few coaches who interviewed with Miles for a job that’s getting a host of interest from around the nation.
A salary for the new coordinator is expected to be similar to that of Chavis, who made $1.3 million a year, the third-highest of any assistant in the nation.
So where does LSU turn now? The Advocate reported Sunday night that defensive line coach Brick Haley has “not been ruled out” as a replacement for Chavis, who also coached linebackers.
Haley, also 48, has been on LSU’s staff since 2009, the year Chavis started with the program. Haley was a defensive coordinator once, for three years at Baylor from 1999-2001.
He coached linebackers for the Bears and has been a linebackers coach at three other stops during his career.
Haley’s promotion could make room for a popular name: Ed Orgeron.
The former Ole Miss coach and longtime Southern California defensive line coach is out of a job and lives in Mandeville.
There are other names, too.
Alabama linebackers coach Kevin Steele continues to be a candidate.
And Miles met with Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, and possibly others, in Dallas over the weekend.
Shoop wasn’t a flashy name, but he had captained some of the nation’s best defenses.
Shoop just completed his first season as coordinator with the Nittany Lions.
Penn State was second nationally in total defense in 2014.
He followed Franklin from Vanderbilt.
Shoop served as defensive coordinator for three seasons at Vandy, helping Franklin and the Commodores win 24 games from 2011-13.
Vandy was never outside of the top-25 in total defense those three years.
Shoop, a Pennsylvania native who played receiver at Yale, had stints as defensive coordinator at Yale (1994-96), Villanova (’97), UMass (’06) and William and Mary (’07-10).
Miles, an offensive-minded coach who rarely dabbles in the defense, is taking time with the search and knows the importance of the hire, sources said.
Still, a hire is expected by the weekend — but Shoop’s exit from the process could extend the search.
The recruiting dead period ends Jan. 15.