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Mississippi State hires Penn State OC Moorhead as head coach

Joe Sargent/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Mississippi State has hired Penn State Offensive Coordinator Joe Moorhead as their new head coach.

Moorhead spent the past two years with the Nittany Lions leading them to the 2016 Big Ten Conference Championship.

In his first year at Penn State, Moorhead led them to single season school records for total yards (6,056) passing yards, (3,650) and tied the record for points (526).

“It’s a tremendous honor to be a Mississippi State Bulldog,” Moorhead said in a statement. “I am thrilled to take the reins of an SEC program that has been as successful as this one has the past decade. I look forward to getting to know the young men on our team, hiring a staff and hitting the recruiting trail quickly.”

“Joe is a winner, a man of integrity with a blue-collar work ethic and an ability to motivate others that our student-athletes will gravitate to,” Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen said. “His innovative offensive philosophy is a perfect fit for our program and will keep us on a path to competing for championships.”

Moorhead replaces Dan Mullen, who was hired as Florida’s new head coach earlier this week.

Mullen led the Bulldogs to a 69-46 record in nine years.

Prior to his time with Penn State, Moorhead was the head coach of his alma mater Fordham. He led them to three straight Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and 38-13 record in four years, after taking over a team that went 1-10 the year before his hiring.

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