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James Franklin Sends Joe Moorhead Preseason Care Package

Joe Moorhead may have swapped Happy Valley for Starkville following the 2017 season, but it looks like he still has a best friend in Penn State head coach James Franklin.

Franklin, who hired Moorhead onto his coaching staff in December 2015, sent his former offensive coordinator a care package with snacks, drinks, Sharpies, and Penn State decorations for his new office. The care package also included a box of Green Tea, a king-size(!) Kit-Kat bar, and a photo of the two coaches chatting during a game.

This isn’t the first Penn State-related gift Moorhead has gotten this offseason. A fan from Harrisburg, PA gave Moorhead a special t-shirt before his first spring football game as Mississippi State’s head coach.

Moorhead left Penn State on very good terms after turning the Nittany Lions’ offense into one of the best in the nation. His creativity in terms of play-calling helped utilize an extremely talented offense that included current NFL players Saquon Barkley, Mike Gesicki, and DaeSean Hamilton.

In two years at Penn State, Moorhead won a Big Ten title and earned a spot in the 2017 Fiesta Bowl before leaving on November 29. Penn State’s offense averaged 39.4 points per game under the new Mississippi State head coach.

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Mikey Mandarino

In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]


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