Long-time James Franklin defensive coordinator Bob Shoop plans to stay at Penn State.

According to PennLive.com, Shoop turned down multiple opportunities to meet with Auburn’s Gus Malzahn about the Tigers’ open defensive coordinator job.

“Both last week and this week, intermediaries from both camps were in contact, each time initiated by Auburn … But, on each occasion, Shoop declined a formal meeting and told Auburn he was not interested in its position. This, despite a reported salary offer in the range of $1.5 million per year.”

Shoop followed Franklin from Vanderbilt to Penn State prior to the 2014 season. That first year with the Nittany Lions, Shoop led the nation’s No. 2 defense, allowing 278.7 yards per game.

The Penn State defensive coordinator makes close to $1 million per year at this time, so he turned down a potential opportunity to increase his salary.

Auburn’s search for a defensive coordinator, launched when Will Muschamp left to become South Carolina’s head coach, grinds onward.