Mississippi State fires Joe Moorhead after two seasons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Mississippi State Bulldogs has fired head football coach Joe Moorhead on Friday. He lasted just two seasons with the program.

His firing comes after a 38-28 loss to the Louisville Cardinals in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee. There is also reportedly ‘off the field discipline issues’ that also led to his firing.

Former Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Joe Moorhead reacts to a call against the LSU Tigers
Joe Moorhead reacts to a call against the LSU Tigers (Getty Images)

“In consultation with President Mark Keenum and after a thorough review and evaluation of all aspects of our football program, I have decided that a change in leadership is in the best interest of our team and university,” Director of Athletics John Cohen said. “I want to thank Coach Moorhead for the hard work he has done with our football program. I wish Joe and his family success in the future.”

During his tenure, Moorhead went 14-12 in two seasons. He also went 7-9 in conference play in the SEC.

Despite a winning record in two seasons, the program had a losing record in 2019 with a 6-7 mark.

Associate head coach Tony Hughes will serve as interim head coach. A national search has begun to find the next head coach.

Following the team’s Egg Bowl win in November, Moorhead said publicly why he should be the team’s head coach following the Thanksgiving Day win over the Ole Miss Rebels. He kept it for a little more than a month after that win.

“We look forward to finding an outstanding leader both on and off the field who connects with our Bulldog student-athletes, coaches and fans to the fullest,” Cohen said.

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