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Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead to become next coach at Mississippi State

Source: Penn State Source: Penn State
STARKVILLE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Less than a week after Dan Mullen left to become the head coach of the Florida Gators, Mississippi State has announced a new head coach.

Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead is coming to Starkville. He will be introduced Thursday at 10:00am in Starkville. The press conference will air on the SEC Network.

Athletic Director John Cohen said the following in a statement: “During our search, it became unequivocally clear who our next football coach was and that man was Joe Moorhead," Cohen said. "Joe is a winner, 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 perfect fit for our program and will keep us on a path to competing for championships. I was also impressed with his detailed defensive plan. He will demand excellence on and off the field and maximize the resources we have to continue to be successful in the SEC. We are proud to welcome Joe, his wife Jennifer, his daughter Kyra and sons Mason and Donovan to the Bulldog Family."

Moorhead added: "It's a tremendous honor to be a Mississippi State Bulldog," Moorhead said. "I am thrilled to take the reins of an SEC program that has been as successful as this one has the past decade. I look forward to getting to know the young men on our team, hiring a staff and hitting the recruiting trail quickly. My family and I are excited about being a part of the Starkville community. I am grateful to John Cohen and Dr. Mark Keenum for giving me this opportunity, and I am proud to be your coach."

Moorhead was 38-13 as the head coach at Fordham before becoming the Nittany Lions' offensive coordinator under James Franklin in 2016.

Penn State went 21-5 with Moorhead as OC, including winning the 2016 Big Ten title and playing in the 2017 Rose Bowl. He’s bringing an offense to the SEC with unique wrinkles.

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