Reports: Mississippi State hires Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead as coach

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Two days after Mississippi State lost coach Dan Mullen to Florida, Bulldogs athletic director John Cohen has found a replacement. Multiple reports Tuesday night say Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, 44, is the Bulldogs’ new head man.

Moorhead is in his second season as Nittany Lions offensive coordinator. Before that, he spent four seasons as coach at FCS program Fordham, leading the Rams to a 38-13 record and three playoff appearances. Fordham was 1-10 the year before he took over, and he had the Rams in the playoffs in his second, third and fourth seasons

His only other FBS experience other than Penn State is at Akron (2004-08) and Connecticut (2009-11); he was UConn’s offensive coordinator when the Huskies went to the Fiesta Bowl in 2010.

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Moorhead was one of the hottest coordinators on the market this offseason, as he has made his mark as an offensive innovator at each of his previous four stops. While he has no experience in the Southeast, his offensive system should mesh well with the talent left by the offense-minded Mullen.

Moorhead’s offenses at Penn State were balanced and explosive, and featured high-level play at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end.

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