Mississippi State fires head coach Joe Moorhead
UPDATE: Mississippi State has confirmed Joe Moorhead has been dismissed.
Just when it looked like the head coaching carousel in the Southeastern Conference had come to a stop, Mississippi State appears poised to kick it back into gear as Brett McMurphy of Stadium is reporting that Joe Moorhead has been fired following his team’s 38-28 loss to Louisville in the Music City Bowl.
Winning the Egg Bowl appeared to cool Moorhead’s seat in Starkville but after his starting quarterback was literally knocked out of MSU’s bowl game by a teammate during the preparation for the contest and the ensuing loss in the matchup, the coach’s status was up in the air once again at MSU.
Here’s what a source had to say about Moorhead to McMurphy:
“Coach Moorhead was a highly-respected offensive coordinator at Penn State, but as a head coach with the Bulldogs, it’s been lackluster,” a source said. “It could be the strength of the conference or even the expectations, but it clearly wasn’t clicking.”
Word began to leak on Thursday that Moorhead’s job was once again in jeopardy and now Bruce Feldman of The Athletic is reporting that prominent boosters are set to meet to discuss Moorhead’s future at Mississippi State:
“Lots of questions right now about the coaching future of Joe Moorhead at Mississippi State. I heard this morning that key MSU boosters are expected to meet tomorrow to make a decision about whether they want to move on and find a new head coach or not.”
Apparently the meeting was not even required to fire Moorhead.
This would be the first time in Mississippi State history the program fired a coach after he won the previous Egg Bowl.