New Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell added another big piece of his coaching staff on Thursday, hiring former North Carolina offensive coordinator John Shoop for the same position with the Boilermakers, according to the Big Ten Network's Tom Dienhart. Shoop was let go by incoming head coach Larry Fedora prior to the 2012 season, and did not coach this past season. He's also fills the last major vacancy on Hazell's staff in West Lafayette.
Shoop spent nearly 20 years as an assistant coach in the NFL before becoming the offensive coordinator at North Carolina in 2007. Most of that experience came as a quarterbacks coach, but he did spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears from 2001-2003.
Shoop's offenses at North Carolina weren't known for being tremendously explosive. The Tar Heels were only ranked 51st in total offense during his best season in Chapel Hill (2010), and failed to average more than 28 points per game during his regime. In fact, the pairing of Shoop and offensive line coach Jim Bollman (formerly of Ohio State) has some Big Ten fans not exactly trembling in their boots.
The Boilermakers weren't a powerhouse offensively last season (28.7 points/game, 402.7 yards/game), but they were once again the victim of horrendous luck in terms of injuries. If they can get through a season without having a major offensive contributor tear his ACL, it would go a long way towards boosting the Purdue offense in 2013.