The Michigan Wolverines have reportedly added a defensive assistant to the coaching staff in the form of former Penn State and Mississippi State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. Rumors began to circle on social media this morning before multiple outlets confirmed later in the day.
Shoop has coached at Vanderbilt, Penn State, Tennessee and Mississippi State, which was his most recent stop. His 2018 defense at Mississippi State was the No. 1 S&P+ unit in the country. His 2014 defense at Penn State was ranked No. 2 in S&P+, while the 2015 team was ranked 15th.
Shoop’s role is currently unclear, but comes with the Wolverines needing to replace two staff members on defense in the departed Chris Partridge and Anthony Campanile. His titles at other stops have had him coaching the defensive backs, so one would assume he moves into that role.
Shoop, 53, has ties to the Michigan coaching staff having worked with offensive coordinator Josh Gattis at Penn State and was defensive coordinator Don Brown’s defensive backs coach when the latter was leading the UMass football program. Shoop and Brown also worked together at Yale in 1989.
Looking over his background, he is not all that accomplished as a recruiter, but the work on the defensive side of the ball speaks for itself. Anytime you can pull in someone qualified to run a defense as a position coach, that seems like a good pull. We will see what comes from it, but this is as qualified a coach to have in the secondary as any that Harbaugh could have hired.