According to a report by Brett McMurphy, Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead will be named the next head football coach at Mississippi State.
Sources: Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead will become next coach at Mississippi State. Deal expected to be completed in next few days. https://t.co/fcxi8GKyeI— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 29, 2017
Moorhead will be taking over for Dan Mullen who left the Bulldogs to take over at Florida. Mullen saw unprecedented success at Mississippi State, going 69-46 and reaching a bowl game in eight of his nine seasons at the helm.
Obviously, this is a big blow for Penn State. Moorhead was responsible for overhauling Penn State’s offensive scheme, and played a big part in the turnaround over the past two seasons. His offenses averaged 37.6 and 41.6 PPG, a massive jump from what the Nittany Lions averaged under John Donovan (20.6 and 23.2 PPG).
It remains to be seen what James Franklin does from an offensive coordinator perspective. Tight End coach Ricky Rahne has been Moorhead’s understudy the last two years, and there was some belief that he was being groomed to eventually take over at OC once Moorhead left. If Penn State chooses to go outside the program, names like Fordham HC Andrew Breiner, Oklahoma State OC Mike Yurcich, and UCF OC Troy Walters could be intriguing names that are targeted.