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Brett McMurphy Reports that Joe Moorhead will be Mississippi State’s Next Head Coach

The Bulldogs reportedly have hired Joe Moorhead to come to Starkville

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at Penn State Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

After Dan Mullen left the Bulldogs to head to join Scott Stricklin down in Gainesville, Florida, John Cohen and Mississippi State were left in a difficult situation on replacing one of the greatest coaches in State’s history.

However, according to Brett McMurphy’s report, it looks like Cohen and the MSU administration have done just that.

Moorhead has been part of a successful turnaround at Penn State, with his offense turning quarterback Trace McSorely into a dynamic threat, pumping out over 7000 yards passing, 57 touchdowns to 16 interceptions, along with 61% of his passes completed in three seasons. Along with that are 839 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.

That is just part of what Penn State’s offense has been. The main focus has been on running back and Heisman hopeful Saquon Barkley, who has totaled over 3700 yards and 41 touchdowns on the ground with 1157 yards and 8 touchdowns receiving.

Under Moorhead’s tutelage, Penn State’s offense has flourished. And his leadership extends beyond just his time in Happy Valley. He was previously the head coach at Fordham, totaling a 38-13 record in the FCS ranks before he moved up to Penn State.

It is unclear as of yet who the assistant coaches for the next era of Bulldog football will be, but it is clear that Moorhead could be stepping in with a ton of potential to succeed with all that is actually returning to Starkville as planned despite who isn’t returning, regardless of their plans. The Bulldogs are returning over 30 seniors next season who will rightfully expect to win.