The Michigan Wolverines had big shoes to fill this offseason on the coaching staff with the departure of Chris Partridge and made a big splash with the hiring of Bob Shoop, who had years of defensive coordinator experience. However, those shoes on the field currently remain unfilled.
After rumors over the weekend about his current role with the program, it was confirmed on Monday morning that Shoop is not currently with the team coaching and has not been since September, but is still performing other team-related duties such as recruiting from home.
“Bob Shoop is not working with the team in an on-field coaching capacity at this time,” U-M said in a statement released on Monday. “He is performing team-related duties remotely. In consideration of his privacy interests, we will have no further comment.”
Aashon Larkins, who has been with Michigan in an analyst position since Feb. 2019, is currently working with the safeties. His prior experience is as the special teams and recruiting coordinator at Bethune Cookman.
Shoop signed a two-year deal this offseason that pays him $450,000 this year and $550,000 next season. No reason has been given for his current role change and it seems it will remain a private matter.
Shoop is a two-time Broyles Award winner that has coordinated defenses at Vanderbilt, Penn State, Tennessee and Mississippi State. He was hired in January after Partridge left for Ole Miss.