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Penn State, Shoop settle lawsuit

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Former Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and the university settled Shoop's contract dispute, Penn State announced Friday.

While terms of the settlement will remain confidential, it ends a messy legal battle where Penn State said Shoop owed $891,856 after leaving in 2016 to become the defensive coordinator at Tennessee. Shoop remained as the defensive coordinator there for two seasons, not moving up to become a head coach, which was an important stipulation as part of his Penn State contract buyout.

Shoop then countersued, claiming hostile working conditions at Penn State and argued that his contract with the Nittany Lions was terminated. He countersued for damages in excess of $75,000.

Per the statement from Penn State athletics: "As part of the parties’ resolution, Coach Shoop recognizes obligations under his employment contract with Penn State. The terms of the parties’ settlement will remain confidential. Both Coach Shoop and Penn State are pleased to bring this matter to an amicable resolution."

Shoop joined Joe Moorhead's staff at Mississippi State this offseason where he joins former Penn State coaching colleague Charles Huff. Shoop's son, Tyler, is a walk-on wide receiver for the Nittany Lions while his other son, Jay, is a receiver at Tennessee.

"Coach Shoop wishes continued success for the Penn State football program and remains grateful for the support he received from the coaching staff, support staff and the fans while he was at Penn State," according to the statement from Penn State athletics. "Penn State recognizes that Coach Shoop was an integral part of the coaching staff during his tenure at Penn State and wishes him the best in his future endeavors."

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