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Mississippi State Officially Announces Joe Moorhead as Bulldogs’ Head Coach

It’s official. We’ve got a head coach.

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John Cohen has officially done it. Mississippi State’s athletic director went out and hired arguably the best offensive mind in college football to come to Starkville and lead the Bulldogs.

The former Penn State offensive coordinator and head coach of Fordham will officially be joining the Bulldogs. Here’s John Cohen’s statement from the official press release:

"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."

And here are the words from Joe Moorhead, the Bulldogs 33rd head coach himself, also from the official press release:

"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."

The Bulldogs are bringing a brilliant mind, one of the best in college football, to come coach in Starkville. There’s a lot to be anxious and excited about. And there’s a lot to celebrate. Unlike other schools in this conference, when faced with a head coaching vacancy, Mississippi State conducted a quiet and smooth coaching search. John Cohen hired a great candidate in one of the best ways possible.