Could LaVar Arrington join Penn State coaching staff?
The news that Bob Shoop was leaving Penn State to take over Tennessee’s defense was crushing for James Franklin. Losing someone with Shoop’s pedigree will make him tough to replace.
But the reality is, he has to be replaced. The assumption is that linebackers coach Brent Pry will get the promotion to defensive coordinator. Considering the team’s website has Pry listed as the lone co-defensive coordinator, that wouldn’t be much of a surprise.
Either way, there will be an opening on staff, potentially at linebackers coach. And former Penn State All-American linebacker LaVar Arrington has been getting plenty of support to fill the opening.
He’s been getting so much support that he felt the need to address the possibility on Twitter early Sunday morning:
I think it's totally awesome that you guys want me to coach… I won't lie it would be a dream come true to continue the tradition #LBU ????
— LaVar Leap Arrington (@LaVarArrington) January 10, 2016
Before the start of the season, Arrington said that the possibility to coach linebackers at Penn State might be an offer too good to refuse. He appears to still be opened to it if James Franklin were to come calling.
And he would undoubtedly get support from current and former Penn State players.
@LaVarArrington do it big bro!!! Make that move
— Jordan 2 Peezy Lucas (@_JLucas9) January 10, 2016
Arrington hasn’t ever been a full-time coach, but he has served in positions that would potentially prepare him for such an opportunity. He’s an NFL Network analyst and he started Xtreme Procision (XP), which is a football training system that has camps across the country.
More recently, Arrington was an assistant coach at the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, where he got to work with some of the nation’s — and Penn State’s — top recruits.
On Sunday morning, he shared this video of his coaching at the Under Armour practices in 2014:
Is that Arrington’s way of throwing his hat into the ring? Possibly, but if Penn State is interested, it doesn’t sound like Arrington would need much convincing.