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.