Oregon hires ex-Mississippi State coach Moorhead as OC

Field Level Media

January 21, 2020 at 8:57 pm.

Oregon named former Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead as its offensive coordinator.

“I’ve admired Joe’s offensive philosophy and ability as a play caller from afar, and after meeting with him I was even more impressed,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said Tuesday in a statement announcing Moorhead’s hiring. ‘He is a great teacher and communicator, and instills confidence and belief in his players. His offenses have been explosive, balanced, multiple and creative.”

Moorhead was fired on Jan. 3 after leading the Bulldogs to a 14-12 record and two bowl appearances in two seasons in Starkville. He was replaced by Mike Leach, formerly of Washington State.

Moorhead, 46, replaces Marcus Arroyo, who left the Ducks to become the head coach at UNLV.

Under Moorhead, Mississippi State was 6-7 in 2019 and ranked seventh in the SEC in both total offense (400.1 yards per game) and scoring (27.6 points per game).

Moorhead was the head coach at his alma mater Fordham from 2012-15 and has served as the offensive coordinator at Penn State (2016-17), Connecticut (2009-10), Akron (2006-08) and Georgetown (2003). At Penn State, Moorhead twice was named the national offensive coordinator of the year.