Joe Moorhead Will Reportedly Become Mississippi State's Head Coach

By Bill DiFilippo on November 28, 2017 at 9:38 pm
Joe Moorhead
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Joe Moorhead's time in Happy Valley has reportedly come to an end. According to former ESPN college football reporter Brett McMurphy, Moorhead is headed to Mississippi State to become the program's next head football coach. Moorhead replaces Dan Mullen, who accepted an offer to become the next football coach at Florida earlier this week.

Moorhead came to Happy Valley prior to the 2016 season from Fordham, where he was a wildly successful head coach for the Rams. He joined a Nittany Lion program that had parted ways with wildly unpopular offensive coordinator John Donovan, and immediately turned Penn State into one of the most explosive offenses in the country.

Behind Moorhead's explosive offensive system, Penn State went from averaging 23.2 points per game in 2015 to 37.6 in 2016. The team took another step forward this year, as the Nittany Lions are averaging 41.6 points per game in 2017.

It was inevitable that Moorhead was going to get a head coaching job in the not-too-distant future, as he was a successful coordinator who also had success as a head coach, albeit at the FCS level. But instead of taking a small step up, Moorhead is jumping into the notoriously cutthroat SEC West with the Bulldogs.

All the best, Coach Tuddies. Clanga.

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