MSU announces hiring of Joe Moorhead as head football coach

  • MSU announces hiring of Joe Moorhead as head football coach

MSU announces hiring of Joe Moorhead as head football coach

After Mullen announced his departure to Florida in a brief meeting with the Mississippi State team on Sunday afternoon, multiple sources informed the Starkville Daily News that Cohen hadn't been caught off guard by Mullen leaving and was prepared to move swiftly through a coaching search.

Moorhead, who helped guide the Nittany Lions' high-powered offense the past two seasons, becomes Mississippi State's 33rd head football coach. Moorhead transformed the Nittany Lions offensively, helping the team to a combined 21-5 record, a 17-3 mark in the Big Ten regular season and the 2016 Big Ten championship. During that time, Moorhead compiled a record of 38-13.

He ignited the Penn State offense, which increased its scoring average to 37.3 last season and to 41.6 this season, which ranks seventh in the Football Bowl Subdivision.Moorhead helped the Lions win the Big Ten championship a year ago, their first since 2008, behind running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley."We couldn't be happier for Joe Moorhead and his family", Franklin said in the press release. Both have set school records in large part due to the success Moorhead's offense has had the past two years. State job this year, Moorhead turned down several opportunities last season after the Penn State offense turned a complete 180 in just his first year. Before arriving at Penn State, he was head coach at FCS Fordham University in NY. Not only is he a great coach, but he is a better man!

But Mississippi State has a long history of patience for coaches.

Junior running back Saquon Barkley, who had the type of season that launched him into consideration for the Heisman Trophy, offered his own thank-you note to Moorhead on Twitter. Is very sharp. Also grew up about 90 minutes from State College. He was an assistant and later offensive coordinator at Georgetown from 2000-03 and then was an assistant and later offensive coordinator at Akron from 2004-08. This after the group averaged 23.6 points per game in 2015 under John Donovan.

He has 20 seasons of collegiate coaching experience, and his background with regards to being an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach is similar to the credentials Mullen possessed when he was hired to lead the Mississippi State program in 2008.