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Mississippi State to name Penn State OC Joe Moorhead head coach

30 November 2017

Update: Mississippi State has made its hire of Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead official.

Moorhead served as Penn State's offensive coordinator the 2016 season and this season.

Moorhead, who will be introduced Thursday morning at a news conference that will be televised on the SEC Network, said in the release announcing his hiring that it was "a tremendous honor". Football Complex. It's open to the public.

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USA Today was first to report that Mississippi State was targeting Moorhead for its head coaching vacancy.

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

"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", Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen said.

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This season Penn State's offense looks relatively balanced, as they have 3,430 passing yards and 2,009 rushing yards. "He will demand excellence on and off the field and maximize the resources we have to continue to be successful in the SEC". Head coach James Franklin hired Moorhead away from Fordham in December 2015 after the dismissal of John Donovan. Under Moorhead, Penn State improved to 432.6 yards per game in 2016 (49th nationally) and is now averaging 453.3 yards per game in 2017 (28th nationally). The last Mississippi State coach not to remain on the job for five years or more was Darrell Royal, who stayed two years before leaving for Washington following the 1955 season, on his way to a Hall of Fame career at Texas.

"Joe's combination of leadership, X's and O's, and, most importantly, positive attitude brought the best out of our very talented offensive student-athletes". This season the Nittany Lions have once again flourished under Moorhead, putting up 41.6 points a game (currently seventh in the nation). He has been a great mentor and coach to our student-athletes and friend to me and our staff. From 2012 through 2015, Moorhead was the head man at his alma mater, Fordham. After almost a decade of success, Mississippi State fans have grown accustomed to competing with the SEC's powers.

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Mississippi State to name Penn State OC Joe Moorhead head coach