Moorhead takes Oregon OC job
Former Penn State offensive coordinator and Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead will be the new offensive coordinator at Oregon, according to published reports late Tuesday night.
Moorhead was fired at Mississippi State last week after two seasons there, going 14-12. Before going there, he revolutionized Penn State’s offense in 2016 and helped the Nittany Lions win the Big Ten championship.
Moorhead spent two seasons at PSU before leaving for Mississippi State. He had been head coach at Fordham prior to arriving at Penn State.
Oregon lost offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo, who became head coach at UNLV. The Ducks are coached by Mario Cristobal and are coming off a 12-2 season. They’ll be losing star quarterback Justin Herbert to the NFL, so Moorhead will have to break in a new quarterback.
LSU wants more titles
NEW ORLEANS — LSU coach Ed Orgeron is already thinking about what comes next for his national champions. More specifically, who comes next.
Orgeron and the top-ranked Tigers completed a 15-0 season with a dominating and decisive win over No. 3 Clemson, 42-25, on Monday night.
Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow threw five touchdown passes and ran for another. But Burrow, as a senior and the likely No. 1 pick in April’s NFL draft, won’t return for another championship run.
And he’s not the only one.
Receiver Justin Jefferson, tailback Clyde Edwards-Hilaire, safety Grant Delpit and tight end Thaddeus Moss are among several juniors with decisions to make about whether they want to come back for another college season or head to the pros.
“It will be difficult to replace these guys, but you’re at LSU so you should be able to do it,” Orgeron said Tuesday, about 10 hours after celebrating amid the falling confetti at the Superdome.
Orgeron knows he can’t expect Burrow’s successor (most likely talented sophomore Myles Brennan) to immediately play at Burrow’s record-setting level.
Burrow finished with an NCAA record 60 touchdown passes and capped his career by riddling the country’s best defense in Clemson, which gave up a season-worst 628 yards. Clemson had allowed only 245 yards a game through the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
Orgeron would love to have this team back for the 2020 season. But the Tigers go after the nation’s best prospects and Orgeron lets them know before signing they probably won’t stay more than three years.
“It’s something we have to accept,” he said. “But this is going to be a tough group to replace.”
Patrick Queen, a junior middle linebacker, led LSU with eight tackles (2.5 of them behind the line of scrimmage) against Clemson. He has until Friday to decide if he’ll enter the draft.
Queen said he needs time to talk with his family and his coach before choosing. No matter what he does, Queen is confident this title, the fourth for LSU, is just a starting point.
“LSU is always going to be capable of doing what we did this year,” he said. “We’ve got great fans, great coaches and as long as we believe in each other, we can accomplish anything.”
Orgeron called his group a team “for the ages.”
“We didn’t have a bad game,” he said. “We played 15 good football games and this is going to be hard to beat.”