Joe Moorhead Will Coach Penn State In 2017
Joe Moorhead will remain Penn State’s offensive coordinator for at least another year according to Yahoo’s Pat Forde.
Y sources: Joe Moorhead not a candidate at Temple, will remain at Penn State in 2017.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) December 10, 2016
Moorhead seemed like the obvious candidate to replace Matt Rhule, who departed Temple to take on the Baylor job. Fans can rejoice and take comfort in knowing that the architect behind the offense’s resurgence will stick around for at least another season.
But don’t buy too much into the news; Moorhead was Purdue’s fallback plan if Jeff Brohm declined the offer, and if the Lions produce similar offensive numbers in 2017, expect plenty more major programs to come knocking. Rarely do successful coordinators — especially those who’ve never held head coaching jobs at the FBS level — stick around for too long. Lane Kiffin will likely depart Alabama in favor of a new gig; Tom Herman capitalized on his success at Ohio State in 2014 to land the Houston job and now the highly-coveted Texas job. Luke Fickell, Ohio State’s defensive coordinator and Cincinnati’s next head coach, serves as an exception seeing as he’s been a member of the Buckeyes’ staff in various capacities since 2012.
The point is, as Moorhead will likely take on a head coaching role if he continues to see success, but luckily for fans, that wouldn’t be until after the 2017 season at the earliest.