It took virtually no time for Joe Moorhead’s name to be connected to the UConn coaching vacancy after the job opened Monday morning.
But it appears that speculation will be short-lived.
According to Yahoo’s Pat Forde, Moorhead will return as Penn State’s offensive coordinator for the 2017 season. He is not a candidate to replace Bob Diaco at UConn, Forde said.
Y sources: @BallCoachJoeMo standing firm in commitment to Penn State for '17. Loved his time at UConn, but not a candidate to replace Diaco.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) December 26, 2016
This is the second time in less than three weeks Forde has reported Moorhead is not interested in a coaching vacancy. He did the same earlier in December, saying Moorhead was not pursuing the opening at Temple.
This is welcome news for Penn State fans.
Under Moorhead, the Nittany Lions offense flourished during the 2016 season. Penn State scored 36.7 points per game and averaged 430.1 yards per game in Moorhead’s first season.
The No. 5 Nitany Lions are set to return most of their offensive weapons in 2017, including running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley. After a brief post-Christmas scare, it appears Moorhead will be back, too.