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Joe Moorhead Fired by Mississippi State

(Photo: © Kelly Price | Mississippi State Athletics)

Kelly Price | Mississippi State Athletics

The Mississippi State Bulldogs are looking for a new football coach.

After only two seasons, Joe Moorhead is packing up his office in Starkville. First reported by Brett McMurphy and confirmed by ESPN, the 2019 Egg Bowl proved to be fatal for both head coaches.

The jury appeared to still be out on Moorhead after the Bulldogs defeated the Rebels on Thanksgiving night. Miss. State had a 14-12 record during Moorhead’s tenure, but the loose seams became unhinged leading into their Music City Bowl appearance. Starting quarterback Garrett Shrader missed the game after an in-practice altercation with a defensive teammate turned into punches thrown, leaving Shrader with a broken orbital bone.

Much like Matt Luke, the lack of discipline ultimately cost Moorhead his job. It never helped him that he was a Yankee from Pittsburgh coaching in Starkville. He also had the mighty task of following Dan Mullen. Handed the keys to a program in pristine condition (by Mississippi State standards), Moorhead quickly wrecked what Mullen had built over a decade.

Mississippi State is now behind the eight-ball, more than a month behind the typical time for coaching searches. If athletic director (and former UK baseball coach) John Cohen does not find the right fit, Kentucky’s annual SEC West opponent could be in disarray for years to come.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 Comments for Joe Moorhead Fired by Mississippi State



  1. StillBP
    10:44 am January 3, 2020 Permalink

    Moorhead still wins bc now he doesn’t have to live in Starkville. (my guess at what Drew has to say about this)



    • makeitstop
      1:17 pm January 3, 2020 Permalink

      Fact. And they are paying him to leave Starkville. As Charlie Sheen says: Winning!



  2. Bluebloodtoo
    10:57 am January 3, 2020 Permalink

    I hear Ron Rivera is looking for a job… not that far from MS.



  3. makeitstop
    1:27 pm January 3, 2020 Permalink

    Seriously, 2 years is ridiculous… unless u just concede u screwed up and made a bad hire to start with, which is on the athletic board. But lack of discipline doesn’t suddenly occur in 15 practices bf a bowl game. If u made a bad call, cut ur losses and move as fast as u can (Bill G) but u can’t tell me u went to “we made a terribly bad call” today and it was “jury still out” in November. If the jury was still out, a beating by a decent UL team in a pretty good bowl is all that stands between the coach and the door? That won’t help land a good coach. Starkville can’t be easy to recruit to, and u hv 3 games against LSU, Auburn and ‘Bama every year, plus TAMU, and a rivalry, and that’s not exactly chamber of commerce material recruiting a new coach. Looks to me like they keep putting the spade in the dirt and complaining about the hole.