CFB notebook: Mississippi State hires Penn State OC Moorhead

Mississippi State is Considering Penn State's Joe Moorhead for Head Coaching Vacancy

Moorhead is also expected to be in the mix for the UCF opening should current head coach Scott Frost, one of the most popular coaching candidates of this cycle, leave Orlando for a another job.

A form of that sentence surely was uttered under the breath of many Big Ten coaches over the past two seasons, and publicly by the fan bases of their schools.

Moorhead became a popular coaching name last season when he quickly turned Penn State into one of the best offenses in the country.

In the first year Moorhead was given the Penn State offense the Lions finished 21st in scoring offense (37 PPG in 2016) and he followed that up with the seventh overall scoring offense this past season averaging 41.7 points per game. They're at 453.3 in 2017.

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Prior to Dan Mullen's arrival, the longest such streak for Mississippi State was three as Jackie Sherrill led the Bulldogs to bowl games in 1998, 1999 and 2000. The 44-year-old Moorhead replaces Mullen, who left Starkville, Mississippi, after nine successful seasons to become the Florida Gators' new head coach on Sunday. 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. "Joe is a victor, a man of integrity with a blue-collar work ethic and an ability to motivate others that our student-athletes will gravitate to."His innovative offensive philosophy is a ideal fit for our program and will keep us on a path to competing for championships."Moorhead will be formally introduced at a press conference Thursday morning."It's a tremendous honor to be a Mississippi State Bulldog", Moorhead said in the press release". Well, for the third time in four years, Penn State will have a new offensive coordinator. He has been a great mentor and coach to our student-athletes and friend to me and our staff. After almost a decade of success, Mississippi State fans have grown accustomed to competing with the SEC's powers.

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