Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Hail Joe

Mississippi State got itself a football coach.  EPSN reported

Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, who helped guide the Nittany Lions to a Big Ten title last season with his record-setting offense, will be named Mississippi State's new coach, sources told ESPN on Tuesday night. Moorhead, 44, will replace former Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen, who was hired as Florida's new head coach on Sunday....

 In two seasons as Penn State's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Moorhead directed one of the country's most prolific offenses. Last season, the Nittany Lions set school records for total offense (6,056 yards) and passing yards (3,650), and tied the mark for points scored (526). Penn State's scoring output increased by 14.4 points from 2015 to 2016, the fourth-highest jump among Power 5 teams.

Before Moorhead, Penn State averaged 348.4 offensive yards per game in 2015 -- 105th nationally. Under Moorhead, Penn State improved to 432.6 yards per game in 2016 (49th nationally) and is currently averaging 453.3 yards per game in 2017 (28th nationally).... Rest of article.

Good hire by the Bulldogs.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sure wish he had some Southern roots or experience living in this part of the country. He's a great coach, no doubt, but I'm worried that neither he nor his wife and kids will be free from extreme culture shock, which will be a serious distraction for him.

Would be great if he had gone to school, played at or coached at some school south of the Mason Dixon line. It will be difficult for him to learn the language. Imagine him trying to talk to Orgeron prior to and after the annual LSU/State contest.

Anonymous said...

GO GATORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Headline should have said...

"MSU scores new Coach on "Day of Giving" without phoning Tampa Florida based escort service"

Anonymous said...

Hey, Tennessee, that's how you do it.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you've never heard the truism, "Pennsylvania is Philly at one end and Pittsburgh at the other, with Alabama in between." He'll be just fine, son. Players love him, from Fordham (Jesuit school, in the Bronx) to Penn State, etc. The only culture shock will be affordable housing, low taxes, and the size of his first paycheck. He's good. Joe Namath, Alabama. Nick Saban, born and raised 90 miles from Moorhead's hometown Pitt. Please.

Anonymous said...

I'm with 10:59. If a socially retarded hunchback from freakin' New Hampshire who played at Ursinius College (Pennsylvania) can figure out how to get it done at Mississippi State, I'm confident this dude will make it ok.

Anonymous said...

Eeyore (10:07), that's ridiculous. He's a professional that's going to be banking millions. I think mom n' them's gonna be fine.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't really fault him for accepting a better position, but pretty dirty of Mullen to go after MSU recruits for Florida now.

Anonymous said...

That should rile up Pitt Panther...if that is even his real name!

Anonymous said...

Cohen is a smart, no-BS guy, and handled this exceptionally well. He's known Mullen was looking for a long time, had his plan ready, and executed it well. Boosters, donors, media, etc. were not a factor.

Anonymous said...

This guy will not hang around as long as Mullen did, he will win and when the bigboys come calling, he is gone. I give him 4 years tops.

Kingfish said...

Nick Saban has zero Southern roots. Zero. Pope Urban was a damn Yankee as well. Miles was a Meechigan Man.

Homeboy hires rarely work out. Resumes rarely lie. Everything you are worried about should come in dead last when it comes to considering a new coach. Bama had to learn that lesson the hard way.

Anonymous said...

So what if he is gone in 4 to 5 years? That means he won and probably won big. I have no problem with Mullen leaving, how he did it just proved his character that we all knew he had. He is a jerk, ask anyone in Starkville or MSU about the guy. But ya know, so what? He was a good coach, left MSU way better than he found it. As long as you have a Cohen in place, hire the next up and comer ready to prove himself. Its way better than hiring end of career guys like Nutt, or emotional "destination job" hires like Luke (what a clown).

Anonymous said...

If only there was some way to test the "He Be From Here/He Ain't Be From Here" theory. Like, if two schools in the same state and in the same conference both hired new head coaches with one being an in-state boy and the other being an out-of-state boy. I'd even be willing to give the in-state boy a head start by putting him at the fagship school, giving him an "interim" tag for a season, and giving him a win over his rival to close out the season. Ah, who am I kidding? It's not like we'll have the chance for that kind of comparison....

Anonymous said...

KF Quote: "Homeboy hires rarely work out. Resumes rarely lie."

Nice dig at the lambshartz, KF. The Fart Smeller is the only option they had, but what a loser situation for them. And it couldn't have happened to a more deserving pile of pretentious @$$holes.

Anonymous said...

Grantham now gone to Florida.

Anonymous said...

Dan will be back to defend himself in court. May take a while but his money will still be flowing to pay any judgments.His simple way out is to just claim he was doing what he was told by the School when he told those players to lie.

Anonymous said...

Mullet was a coach that never won a big game. Even JWS and Croom has signature wins. Mullet was a lousy coach that won’t last 5 years at UF before he’s fired.

Anonymous said...

Mullet was a coach that never won a big game. Even JWS and Croom has signature wins. Mullet was a lousy coach that won’t last 5 years at UF before he’s fired.

Anonymous said...

4:40, lololololololololololololololol

Anonymous said...

3:26: Freeze graduated at Southern Miss, coached at OM and his wife is a Durant girl. So much for your 'home boy' theory, as silly as your post was.

Somebody once said, "If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy". How does this boy pronounce Pee Can pie? First thang you know he'll tell the reporters he thinks the Confederate Battle Flag offends him.

FOO-Baw.....FOO BAW!

Anonymous said...

4:40 - You obviously don't follow along well. NCAA rules violations or charges of such do not wind up in court.

Anonymous said...

This one of us who loves MSU also loves this hire. This guy is a class act and a proven winner. He will hit the ground running and should have an excellent year next year with the team, as they learn his altered spread offense style. Nick will play well to Coach Joe's game plan and our upcoming guys will be just fine, too. He is putting in place a home boy (For those who worry about such things) support staff and recruiting will proceed hopefully unaltered. I see as many good years at MSU as he wants, serving a school's athletic program that is willing to pay their coach what he is worth. He can win games at MSU and (who knows) maybe even championships in the SEC West. Auburn showed it can be done and Evil Lord Saban is getting no younger.

Go Dogs! and Coach Moorhead, or JoMo as he will be called.

Added bonus - New motto for State = "Get Yo MoJo With JoMo!"

30 Yard Line Seats said...

Isn't it a bit pretentious to already be suggesting he will win games, he will be here as long as he wants and there's a new state motto.

Its just as possible that he might be fired after two years, will embarrass us all and will be rehired as an assistant at some yank college.

Predictions are like assholes.....and there are several on here predicting great things a bit early. Reminds me of the Freeze bandwagon. When Archie's borrowed plane landed with Freeze in the baggage compartment, he was heralded as the second coming, nobody could compare with this hire and he would light up all of Oxford.

Give this guy time. Be patient. None of us knows what he will or can do at MSU. Don't jump the gun and let your hummingbird mouth overload your jaybird ass.

Go Dawgs.

Anonymous said...

November 30, 2017 at 4:52 AM = YYYaaaawwwwnnnnn, SSSSnnnnorrreeee, ZZZZZZzzzz

Needs Moor Cowbell said...

I wish Mullen well. He took the program as far as he could, and I was surprised he stayed around at all after Dak graduated. I love MSU but I have no illusions about us ever being a year-after-year national powerhouse on the level of Alabama or Florida State. Just give us winning seasons, get us to a good bowl and beat the living hell outta Ole Piss each year and I'm good.

Anonymous said...

I’m an Ole Piss fan, but this looks like a good hire to me. Both schools now have blue collar coaches who seem more focused on developing and coaching their respective teams than joining the juvenile banter of their schools’ juvenile fans. And, it is refreshing to see coaches acting like grown ups considering they are drawing grownup multi-million dollar salaries. Hotly Toddy and Hail State!

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