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MSU fires head coach Joe Moorhead

MSU fires head coach Joe Moorhead

Mississippi State football has relieved former Penn State football offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead of his head coaching duties, the team announced Friday morning. Quarterback Garrett Shrader was supposed to start the Music City Bowl, but he was injured in a post-practice fight with teammate Willie Gay, who still played in the game.

The 46-year-old Moorhead replaced Dan Mullen at Mississippi State after a decorated tenure as offensive coordinator at Penn State from 2016-17. "It could be the strength of the conference or even the expectations, but it clearly wasn't clicking". MSU ended its season with a 38-28 loss to Louisville in the Music City Bowl on Monday. Moorhead compiled a record of 14-12, with two bowl appearances, but his team's offensive ineptitude combined with numerous off the field issues this season made getting a third season untenable.

The Bulldogs finished the season by losing six of their final nine games - the only victories against 2-10 Arkansas, 4-8 Ole Miss and FCS member Abilene Christian.

Red Wings snap six-game skid with win over Sharks
Dallas received goals from Blake Comeau , Mattias Janmark, Alexander Radulov and Andrej Sekera in the win. The Dallas Stars have scored 2.66 goals per game on the year while allowing 2.46 goals per game.

Reports came out after the Egg Bowl, which saw Mississippi State defeat Ole Miss 21-20, that the university was considering making a change at head coach, but those reports were put to rest on the Saturday following the game and it was believed Moorhead would return to Starkville for the 2020 season. "Whether it was schematics, culture or discipline, it just wasn't working".

The decision to move on after just two seasons will likely impact the Bulldogs' hiring process, as many potential candidates will certainly be skittish about taking a job at a bottom-tier SEC school after the last coach received just two years to fix a program that has rarely had success. Instead, Mississippi State will embark on a coaching search. Prior to Fordham, Moorhead was an assistant at UConn (2009-11), Akron (2004-08) and Georgetown (2000-03).

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