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Purdue picks Shoop as offensive coordinator

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Boilers have two more coaches to hire

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 4:00 am

So now we know what kind of offense Purdue coach Darrell Hazell wants to run.

Check that.

Now we know the coach who runs it. Everything else remains to be seen.

John Shoop, the former North Carolina offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, will have the same position at Purdue.

“Coach Shoop is a great guy and a smart coach that understands the team culture we're building at Purdue,” Hazell said in a university release. “He has a ton of experience at the highest levels of football, having served as an offensive coordinator in both the NFL and college. I love what his knowledge and expertise brings to Purdue, but I really value his notion of family and team-building that will play a vital role for us.”

Shoop spent five seasons at North Carolina. The Tar Heels went to four bowl games in that span. In 2011, Giovani Bernard became the first North Carolina tailback to rush for more than 1,000 yards in 14 years when he totaled 1,253.

Before that Shoop spent 12 years in the NFL, working for Carolina, Chicago, Tampa Bay and Oakland.

He was the quarterbacks coach at Carolina, and then Chicago. He also was the Bears' offensive coordinator from 2001-2003. In 2001 Chicago went 13-3 to win the NFC Central title behind running back Anthony Thomas, who rushed for a team rookie record 1,183 yards.

Shoop also was the quarterbacks coach in Tampa Bay in 2004 and then the quarterbacks and tight ends coach for Oakland before moving to North Carolina.

Hazell has two staff positions left to fill: a defensive line coach and a tight ends/special teams coordinator coach.

Hired earlier were defensive coordinator Greg Hudson, cornerbacks coach Jon Heacock, linebackers coach Marcus Freeman, running backs coach Jafar Williams, offensive line coach Jim Bollman and wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman.