Moorhead move to Mississippi State confirmed

From Mirror reports

Twitter confirmed Mississippi State’s hiring of Joe Moorhead as its new football coach Tuesday night.

The major stakeholders confirmed it this morning.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be a Mississippi State Bulldog,” Moorhead said in a press release. “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 (athletic director) John Cohen and (MSU president) Dr. Mark Keenum for giving me this opportunity, and I am proud to be your coach.”

Penn State coach James Franklin lauded the hiring and wished Moorhead well. Moorhead will be introduced in Starkville on Thursday.

“We couldn’t be happier for Joe Moorhead and his family,” Franklin said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for him to return to being a head coach and continue to move forward in his career. We are so appreciative of everything that he has done for Penn State Football in his two years.”

“Joe’s combination of leadership, X’s and O’s, and, most importantly, positive attitude brought the best out of our very talented offensive student-athletes. He has been a great mentor and coach to our student-athletes and friend to me and our staff. We wish Joe nothing but success at Mississippi State.”

After it was reported Monday that Moorhead had emerged as “strong candidate,” former ESPN college football writer Brett McMurphy broke the story on Tuesday night.

“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.”

The Mirror will have further updates, in print and online, as they develop.