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Penn State Sues Former Defensive Coordinator For $891856 Over Breach Of Contract

Penn State Sues Former Defensive Coordinator For $891856 Over Breach Of Contract

According to court documents obtained by PennLive, Penn State is seeking almost $900,000 from ex-football defensive coordinator Bob Shoop due to the language of his contract.

Penn State notified Shoop of the action in April and filed the suit in Centre County Court in June.

Penn State has filed a lawsuit stating Shoop owes his old school $891,856 and isn't expected to give it back, according to documents obtained by PennLive.

According to court documents, a clause in Shoop's contract stated if he resigned before his contract expired on February 15, 2018, he had to pay Penn State liquidated damages of 50 percent "of his base pay" for the remainder of his contract.

Had Shoop left to become a head coach with just a year left on his contract, he would have been in the clear. Shoop makes $1,150,500 at Tennessee before incentives.




Shoop left Penn State in January 2016 to become the defensive coordinator at Tennessee, a position he still holds.

"Under the terms of his employment contract with Penn State, Coach Shoop is obligated to make a liquidated damages payment to the university resulting from the termination by Coach Shoop of his employment prior to the end of the contract term", PSU wrote.

However, the lawsuit claims Shoop has to date not made any payment and he has indicated through his legal team a refusal to the payment.

After his first season at Penn State, Shoop received interest from other schools but signed a three-year extension with Penn State in 2015. They also show that Shoop had an understanding with Tennessee related to any buyout or damages related to his departure from Penn State.

Shoop has declined to comment. His recent stop in Knoxville has not gone quite as smoothly-Tennessee finished 109th in total defense this past season and ranked 73rd overall after allowing 29.3 points per game.