Mississippi State announces Joe Moorhead has been given extension, raise
Coming off one of the best debut seasons in school history, Mississippi State has just shown its level of commitment to head coach Joe Moorhead.
The school announced a four-year contract extension for Moorhead on Tuesday and according to college football insider Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, the coach’s new deal will average $3.2 million in total compensation per season. Moorhead’s previous deal with the school was set to pay him an average of $2.8 million per season, meaning Mississippi State has given its coach a nice pay raise coming off his debut 8-5 season.
Moorhead’s eight wins represent the most wins from a Mississippi State coach in his first year in Starkville dating back to Allyn McKeen all the way back in 1939.
If you are unaware, according to Mississippi state laws, contracts cannot exceed four years in length.
“We are excited about the leadership of Mississippi State football under Coach Moorhead,” MSU AD John Cohen said via a school-issued release. “He is a man of integrity, loyalty and humility. His love for his players and our program is evident. He is driven by elevating our program to a championship standard on and off the field. We look forward to watching the continued growth of our football program under his watch.”
Coach Moorhead offered up the following comments following the news.
“It’s a privilege to be the head football coach at Mississippi State,” Moorhead added. “I want to thank John, President (Mark) Keenum and this wonderful University for believing in me. My family and I love Starkville. For me, it’s about building a championship program our Bulldog fans can be proud of and helping our players maximize their potential on and off the field, while walking away with a meaningful degree from Mississippi State University. Our team is excited about the season ahead, and I look forward to continuing to elevate our program in everything we do.”