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Joe Moorhead and Mississippi State agree to contract extension

Mississippi State and Joe Moorhead have agreed to a new four-year contract extension taking him through the 2022 season, the school has announced.

From the school's release.

"We are excited about the leadership of Mississippi State football under Coach Moorhead," Cohen said. "He is a man of integrity, loyalty and humility. His love for his players and our program is evident. He is driven by elevating our program to a championship standard on and off the field. We look forward to watching the continued growth of our football program under his watch."

The new deal will average $3.2 million per year, Bruce Feldman tweeted earlier.

Moorhead made himself a hot name in coaching circles following a successful stint as the offensive coordinator at Penn State where they put up a ton of points and rolled up a lot of yards with an explosive and creative offense. Moorhead took a leap of faith of sorts in 2015 when he left the Fordham program he had built into an FCS playoff contender in just his second season, going 38-13 in four seasons leading the Bronx, NY based team.

His overall record as a head coach is an impressive 46-18.

Before landing the Fordham job, Moorhead was a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at stops at UConn, Akron, and Georgetown and got his start as a graduate assistant at Pitt under Walt Harris.

In his first season in Starkville, Moorhead went 8-5 on the heels of one of the most swarming defenses in college football under defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. If the defense can keep playing that type of defense, and Moorhead can get the offense to resemble what he had rolling at Penn State, Mississippi State will shake out as a team to keep an eye on come fall.

Moorhead shared the following in the release:

"It's a privilege to be the head football coach at Mississippi State," Moorhead said. "I want to thank John, President (Mark) Keenum and this wonderful University for believing in me. My family and I love Starkville. For me, it's about building a championship program our Bulldog fans can be proud of and helping our players maximize their potential on and off the field, while walking away with a meaningful degree from Mississippi State University. Our team is excited about the season ahead, and I look forward to continuing to elevate our program in everything we do."

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