Mississippi State hires Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead as coach

Reports Mississippi State To Hire Moorhead As Head Coach

According to multiple reports, Mississippi State will hire Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, with the deal "expected to be completed" in the next few days per Brett McMurphy, who first reported the news. Moorhead's offenses at Penn State ranked 21st and 17th, respectively, in yards per play in the last two seasons.

The 44-year-old from Pittsburgh does have head coaching experience at Fordham, where he went 38-13 and led the Rams to the FCS Playoffs in three of his four seasons from 2012-15.

However, with his creative offensive mind and a quarterback like Nick Fitzgerald coming back, the Bulldogs could pick up right where they left off next season. Mullen was officially announced as the head coach at Florida on Sunday after nine seasons at MSU. However, the team never reached the SEC title game during his tenure.

His only other FBS experience other than Penn State is at Akron (2004-08) and CT (2009-11); he was UConn's offensive coordinator when the Huskies went to the Fiesta Bowl in 2010.

He reportedly interviewed for head coaching jobs at Purdue, Minnesota and Florida Atlantic University a year ago.

Potential names to fill Moorhead's position at Penn State have yet to surface.

Moorhead previously worked as Connecticut's offensive coordinator and also worked as an assistant at Akron and Georgetown. Moorhead's system offers a unique blend of run-pass-option looks with a West Coast passing scheme that produces big shots downfield and has proven to be one of the most dynamic offenses in college football.



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