Miami football hiring longtime defensive coach Bob Shoop as analyst

Oct 12, 2019; Knoxville, TN, USA; Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2019; Knoxville, TN, USA; Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports /

David Lake of Inside the U and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald are reporting that the Miami football program is hiring longtime collegiate defensive coach Bob Shoop as an off-field analyst. Shoop played wide receiver at Yale from 1985-87 and has 15 years experience as a defensive assistant at the FBS level.

Shoop was most recently the safeties coach at Michigan before leaving the program in early November two games into the Wolverines season. Shoop began his career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1989 before moving on to Virginia in 1990. Shoop first full job was as the defensive backs coach at Northeastern.

From 1991-2010, Shoop primarily coach at the FBS level. The exceptions were as defensive backs coach at Army in 1998 and Boston College from 1999-2002 where he coached against Miami. Shoop was the head coach at Columbia from 2003-05. Shoop spent five seasons in FS Cbefore becoming an FBS defensive coordinator.

Shoop was a finalist for the Broyles Award in 2018 as Mississippi State led the nation in total defense at 263 yards allowed per game and finished second in the country in score defense at 13.2 points per game allowed. MSU was second in rushing defense at 95 yards per game allowed and seventh in passing defense.

Shoop led some stingy defenses at all of those stops. In six of his eight seasons as a defensive coordinator, Shoop led a top 25 defense. Shoop and Miami head coach Manny Diaz are likely on the same page with the importance of forcing turnovers. The Commodores were 10th nationally and third in the SEC in turnovers in 2013.

Shoop has twice been a finalist for the Broyles Award honoring the top college football assistant. The best season for Shoop as a DC was in 2018 when Mississippi finished first nationally in total defense allowing 263.1 yards per game, second allowing 13.2 points and with 95.08 rushing yards allowed per game.

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Miami has remade almost its entire defensive staff in just over a month since the end of the 2020 season. It has to be stressed that Shoop will have an off-field analyst role. Having Shoop with former defensive line coach Todd Stroud who will also have an off-field role gives Diaz a a pair of experience voices in the Miami football program.