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February 10, 2013

International football: Passing a Czech

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One would expect an adjustment to playing football in a foreign country, but Shoop has had little trouble finding advice. Though he hadn't spoken to either of two former Selinsgrove quarterbacks that played in Europe -- Jack Lydic and Derek Pope -- he received some help from former Bloomsburg University quarterback and Loyalsock High graduate Pat Carey.

"Pat actually transferred from Lafayette to Bloomsburg so I knew him pretty well. Pat plays for a team in Munich," Shoop said. "We plan on actually meeting up while we're over there."

In addition, Shoop has already had several conversations with one of the other American's on the Prague roster, Andre Whyte, who will be his roommate.

In addition, Shoop's coach in Europe, Tom Smythe, has won six National Championships and two European Cups in his career. Smythe is also the all-time winningest high school coach in Oregon history.

All of these factors make Shoop really excited for the season.

"Everybody speaks English in the country so language shouldn't be a problem," Shoop said. "We have a new head coach who knows what to do with the talent we have. I really think we'll be in good shape."

Another plus is the season is over in July, so Shoop will be able to finish his degree at Lafayette in the fall and graduate in December.

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