Joe Moorhead’s name buzzed as college football programs searched for new head coaches last offseason. But Moorhead stayed put and is currently in his second season as Penn State’s offensive coordinator.
The mastermind behind Penn State’s high-powered offense, Moorhead is expected to be a big name when coaching search season starts up again in December. But Moorhead told Sports Illustrated that he’s “not in a hurry” to leave his current post in Happy Valley.
“My dad worked in a steel mill for 35 years and worked two jobs to help put three kids through college,” Moorhead told SI’s Bruce Feldman. “Quite frankly, I feel like the only thing that has changed is the logo on my polo.
“I’m not in a hurry. This is a great place with great people. I’m close to home, close to my wife’s family. If the right opportunity pops and it matches personally and professionally, then we’ll consider it. I don’t think becoming a head coach again is going to dictate my success in the profession.”
Moorhead’s answer was part of a profile in Sports Illustrated that explained how the coach molded his offense at Fordham and mapped how he went from sportswriter to major college football assistant.
Moorhead served as Fordham’s head coach for four seasons before taking the job on James Franklin’s staff ahead of last season. Penn State scored 37.6 points per game in the 2016 season on its way to the Big Ten title. The Nittany Lions have notched 47 points per game and gained 469 yards per game so far in the 2017 campaign.