Penn State OC Joe Moorhead isn’t going anywhere. So the rumors can stop — at least for now.
He made that very clear Thursday night during media availability ahead of the Rose Bowl vs. USC on Monday.
“Being the offensive coordinator at Penn State’s a pretty good job,” Moorhead said Thursday. “When I was at Fordham, I had an FBS job offer, turned that down and stayed at Fordham. The things I said to the people at Fordham is it would take a pretty special opportunity for me to leave there, and obviously Penn State is that opportunity.”
In his first season as the team’s offensive coordinator, Moorhead guided the Nittany Lions to 36.7 points and 430.1 yards per game. Just one year ago, Penn State averaged 23.2 points and 349 yards per game. The improvements helped Penn State go from 7-6 to 11-2 and the Big Ten championship.
All that success for the former Fordham head coach prompted rumors of Moorhead getting looks for other jobs. Earlier this week, his name was mentioned in connection with the Connecticut opening. Moorhead was the Huskies’ OC previously, but the Huskies just hired former head coach Randy Edsall.
But Moorhead made it clear Thursday he isn’t thinking about leaving. While Moorhead said it’s OK to listen if an opportunity presents itself, he mostly talked up Penn State. He said he and his family want to be in Happy Valley and that it made the most personal and professional sense to stay.
“I’m very entrenched here,” he said. “It’s great to be at Penn State.”
Moorhead also called the Nittany Lions “a program on the rise” with “great things on the horizon.”
Though he’s a former head coach, Moorhead said professional success is not dependent on that happening.
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Moorhead hopes the offense continues to shine when the Nittany Lions face USC. The Rose Bowl is set for 5 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 2. The game is on ESPN.