The SEC has a number of teams that haven’t taken that next step in 2019. But to ESPN and SEC analyst Paul Finebaum, one program and one coach really stands out with their struggles.
In his weekly radio spot on WJOX, Finebaum declared that he doesn’t see “a path” for Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead to succeed.
“I don’t think there’s a path for Joe Moorhead… Guys, I was there last week, as I told you, and there’s just a really weird feeling about him. And we can all say in unison he’s a nice guy and a smart guy and we all like him, and all those things are true. But he just doesn’t seem … he just doesn’t feel like he’s the right coach for Mississippi State.”
The Bulldogs are 3-5 on the season but have lost four straight games. They’ve surpassed their loss total from the previous two years.
Meanwhile, there have been rumors that Moorhead would be a target for the vacant Rutgers head coaching job.
But Finebaum doesn’t seem to think Moorhead would be a good fit for the Big Ten cellar-dwellers either.
“If you’re sitting up at Rutgers right now, you’re watching this unfold and you’re going, ‘Do we really want this guy?’ I’ve had some Rutgers fans when I’m in New York in the middle of the week ask me more about (former Rutgers head coach) Greg Schiano as someone who has a better feel or grasp of that program than Moorhead…”
Moorhead was hired in 2018 following two years as Penn State’s offensive coordinator and an impressive four-year stint as head coach of FCS giant Fordham. In his first year at the helm he led the Bulldogs to a 8-5 overall record that included a loss in the Outback Bowl.
He is 11-10 overall as head coach of Mississippi State.
It would certainly be something for the program to part ways with Moorhead after just two seasons. It’s been over 60 years since the Bulldogs went looking for a new coach so quickly into his tenure.
Will Joe Moorhead still be Mississippi State’s coach in 2020?