After last night’s emotional Egg Bowl victory over Ole Miss, Joe Moorhead used the post game presser to drive a passionate point home about how he feels about his job with Mississippi State with his opening statement.
“Just make sure that everyone understands, this is my school, this is my team, this is my program, and if you want to ask, I’m not interested in anyone’s validation except the guys in that locker room and every single one of them, you come in here and ask who’s the right man for the job, they’re going to tell you it’s me. I promise you that.”
“I’m here. This is my team. This is my school. This is my program, and they’re going to have to drag my Yankee ass out of here,” Moorhead added before opening the presser up for questions.”
Moorhead’s name had been brought up in connection to the Rutgers opening, and he’d been asked about Rutger’s interest in him, as his past success at Fordham (FCS – NY) and as the offensive coordinator at Penn State would make him a logical fit.
The win yesterday got Moorhead’s squad to bowl eligible for the second time in his two seasons leading the program, and he’s 14-11 in Starkville. He’s 52-24 overall as a head coach when that’s combined with his time at Fordham. After last season’s 8-5 finish, Mississippi State inked him to a contract extension.
Upon arriving in Starkville, you may remember Moorhead asking a few players if they knew their ring size, and while the team hasn’t cracked the top 3 in the SEC West yet under him, it’s very clear in comments from players throughout the year (and especially after last night’s win) that a quality culture is being instilled and he has the full support and confidence of the players in the locker room.
Moorhead’s squad escaped with a win yesterday after Ole Miss scored what should have been the game tying score with four seconds left. All they needed was to chip in the extra point to send the game to overtime with the momentum in Ole Miss’ favor. However, after the score, the receiver decided a celebration of a dog peeing was in order. That brought with it a 15-yard penalty and a PAT that was much longer than it needed to be. Ole Miss missed that PAT try, sending Mississippi State into a frenzy and awarding them bowl eligibility for the second time in Moorhead’s two seasons.
See Moorhead’s comments in the video.