Penn State has grown accustomed to having legal issues in recent years. So it should come as no surprise that the University is headed back to court. But what is a little surprising is that this time the university is are not the one being sued. This time Penn State is the plaintiff.
The school has brought a suit against former defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. The University is seeking close to $900,000 from Shoop. He left the Nittany Lions in January of 2016 for the same position with the Tennessee Volunteers. Since he had two years left on his contract when he resigned, the University claims it is owed $891,856.
“A clause in his contract stated if Shoop resigned before his contract expired on Feb. 15, 2018, he had to pay Penn State liquidated damages of 50 percent “of his base pay” for the remainder of his contract, according to the court documents,” per John Beague of Pennlive.com
Had Shoop left to become a head coach with just a year left on his contract, he would have been in the clear. Since he left with two years remaining for the same position, he is contractually obligated to pay.
Court documents indicate that Penn State has tried to contact Shoop about payment which he has refused to make, per the report. They also show that Shoop had an understanding with Tennessee related to any buyout or damages related to his departure from Penn State.
Shoop is making $245,000 a year in base pay from Tennessee and an additional $905,00o in supplemental pay.