Sean Clifford will have a new offensive coordinator when the 2020 Penn State football season rolls around. Ricky Rahne, who took over the job after Joe Moorhead left PSU for the Mississippi State job ahead of last season, has now landed a head coaching job of his own.
Rahne is heading down to Old Dominion, a relatively young FBS program with high upside. He takes over for Bobby Wilder, who stewarded the team through the jump up to college football’s highest division.
Wilder resigned after a rough 1-11 season. Rahne takes over after six years in Happy Valley, coaching quarterbacks and tight ends before taking over as coordinator.
With the news out there, Sean Clifford has some kind words for his now-former coach. He thanks Rahne for “everything he has done for me these past few years.”
I want to thank @RickyRahne for everything he has done for me these past few years. Not only is he a great coach, but has been a great mentor to myself and my teammates. I will miss ya coach! @ODUFootball is getting a great one! Much love✊ #WeAre pic.twitter.com/1mHvsolGdH
— Sean Clifford (@seancliff14) December 9, 2019
Penn State had some up and down moments on offense this season, but overall Rahne engineered a pretty successful offense for a 10-2 team that is heading to the Cotton Bowl.
In his first year as starter, taking over for one of the program’s top quarterbacks ever in Trace McSorley, Clifford completed 59.5-percent of his passes, throwing for 2,521 yards, 22 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. He had a very solid 8.4 yards per attempt on the year.
Per ESPN’s SP+ rankings, Penn State had the No. 18 offense in the country this season.
The Nittany Lions will face Memphis, which is losing its head coach, in the Cotton Bowl. Mike Norvell is taking over at Florida State, and it is unclear whether he will coach the Tigers one last time, though you’d have to imagine the Seminoles would prefer that he doesn’t, with the early signing period opening in just over a week.