Penn Staters everywhere received good news Saturday afternoon, as Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports reported that Joe Moorhead isn’t a candidate for the Temple job and would be staying in Happy Valley for the 2017 season.
Y sources: Joe Moorhead not a candidate at Temple, will remain at Penn State in 2017.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) December 10, 2016
Earlier this week, it was reported that Moorhead interviewed for the Purdue job, a vacancy that would eventually go to Western Kentucky’s Jeff Brohm. So with the Temple job opening up, it made a lot of sense to link Moorhead — a northeastern guy — with one of the better Group of Five jobs in the country (which also has a knack for hiring Penn Staters).
There’s obviously bias on this end, but staying at Penn State for one more season seems like a good move for Moorhead. Penn State will only be losing OL Brian Gaia from the offense while returning everyone else, including two very legitimate Heisman candidates in Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley. So the upside for Moorhead’s star to shine brighter — and in turn lead to better job opportunities — is certainly there.
Good teams lose good coordinators. That’s how college football goes, but let’s just be happy we have Moorhead for at least one more season.