Mississippi State Fires Joe Moorhead After Two Seasons

By Matthew Filipovits on January 3, 2020 at 10:29 pm
Aug 31, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Joe Moorhead looks on during the first half against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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Mississippi State has fired Joe Moorhead after just two seasons in Starkville, going 14-12 overall and 7-9 in the SEC.

The Bulldogs struggled for most of the 2019 season, barely beating in-state rival Ole Miss on Thanksgiving to get to six wins and qualify for a bowl game. They lost 38-28 to Louisville in the Music City Bowl to finish the season 6-7.

The Bulldogs' underwhelming season combined with some concerns from University officials about program management ultimately led to his dismissal.  

Moorhead spent two seasons as Penn State's offensive coordinator, with the Nittany Lions going 21-5 and winning the 2016 Big Ten Championship. The Moorhead offenses rewrote Penn State's history books, with Trace McSorley, Saquon Barkley, Mike Gesciki, and DaeSean Hamilton all becoming key factors and developing into NFL players.

 Moorhead should be one of the hottest offensive coordinator names on the market, with several high-profile programs in his native Northeast looking for play callers.