Mississippi State lost one of the best coaches in program history in Dan Mullen, but could be targeting a top offensive coordinator to replace him.
Mullen turned Mississippi State into a pretty consistent program in the brutal SEC West, a major accomplishment at one of the conference’s more difficult jobs.
Development and dynamic quarterback play were the keys to Mullen’s success, and the latest name connected to the Mississippi State opening could be a continuation of that.
USA Today‘s Dan Wolken reports that Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead is “in the mix” for the Bulldogs job.
SOURCES: A new name has emerged in the Mississippi State search. Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead is in the mix, @usatodaysports has learned.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 28, 2017
Moorhead helped James Franklin move all the way from the hot seat to the doorstep of the College Football Playoff two years in a row. Running back Saquon Barkley is one of the sport’s most dynamic players and quarterback Trace McSorley has broken Nittany Lion records.
Before taking the coordinator job at Penn State, Moorhead was head coach at Fordham, where he racked up a 38-13 record in four seasons and had three straight trips to the FCS Playoffs.
Moorhead does not having experience in, or anywhere near the SEC. Before Fordham, he coached at UConn, Akron, Georgetown, and Pitt, but that certainly doesn’t disqualify him, given Mullen’s background. Mullen is a Pennsylvania native who attended two Northeastern schools—Ursinus and Wagner—and coached at Columbia, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Bowling Green, and Utah before following Urban Meyer to Florida as offensive coordinator.