Joe Moorhead Will Not Coach Penn State in Bowl Game

By Matt de Bear on November 29, 2017 at 5:56 pm
Sep 9, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Joe Moorhead (center) looks on from the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Pitt 33-14. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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In perhaps the least surprising development of Joe Moorhead's move to Mississippi State, the Bulldog's Athletic Director, John Cohen, confirmed that Penn State's former offensive coordinator will not be with the Nittany Lions for their upcoming bowl game.

Not only will Moorhead be busy putting a bow on his new recruiting class with the early signing day approaching, he will also be watching his new team prepare for their own post season contest, despite not taking an active role in the game itself.

This is not new territory for Penn State. In the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Georgia, then-QB coach Ricky Rahne took over the play calling duties on an interim basis after the dismissal of John Donovan. Moorhead took on a similar role that year as he observed his new team after being hired during bowl prep.

There is not any indication from James Franklin yet on who will run the offense in this year's season finale, but Rahne figures to be the leading candidate. He is also likely to get serious consideration for the full time gig when Franklin settles on a new offensive coordinator. 

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