Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead is the focus of head coaching rumors once again, this time for the UConn position.
Of course, the real candidate lists won’t come out for a while, but minutes after the firing of former Huskies coach Bob Diaco, people were speculating.
USA Today’s Dan Wolken said Moorhead could potentially be a candidate for the Huskies. Moorhead was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Connecticut from 2009-2010 and the quarterbacks coach in 2011.
Joe Moorhead stayed at Penn State because he has his eye on a gig that could open in 2017, I'm told. Wonder if UConn might interest him.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 26, 2016
Then, Kevin Nathan from NBC Connecticut (WVIT-TV) said Moorhead is already a leading candidate for the job with the Huskies.
Sources tell me Joe Moorhead from Penn State is a leading candidate for UConn job. https://t.co/wabCbtBtyd
— Kevin Nathan (@KevinNathanNBC) December 26, 2016
SportsCenter analyst and ESPN play-by-play announcer Steve Levy went a step further.
Hearing it might already be done. If so Penn St. will need 3rd different offensive coordinator in 4 seasons & 5th coordinator overall. https://t.co/0sKLoUeqVP
— Steve Levy (@espnSteveLevy) December 26, 2016
Another rumored candidate: Moorhead’s replacement as head coach at Fordham, Andrew Breiner.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 26, 2016
This is all speculation at this point, especially since it has also been reported that Moorhead would return to coach the Nittany Lions in 2017. It will be interesting to see this situation play out over the next week or so. In his first year at Penn State, Moorhead has energized the Nittany Lions’ offense and, as of now, will be calling the plays in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2.
Diaco, a former Iowa football player (1992-1995) and graduate assistant (1996-1997), had been with the Huskies since 2014. Before that, he held a handful of positions at Notre Dame from 2010-2013 and coached at a number of schools before that.