Joe Moorhead definitely has captivated the Mississippi State fan base since being hired to replace Dan Mullen at the end of November, winning them over with his promise for great things for the Bulldogs program and bringing in a solid recruiting class.
The lifelong Northerner — the furthest south he had coached prior to coming to Starkville was Georgetown in Washington, D.C. — Moorhead is finding his transition to life below the Mason-Dixon Line quite appealing, and it starts with the help of some food.
“I’ve learned very quickly that you can get fried chicken and biscuits at almost every gas station in the state,” Moorhead told College Sports Now. “I love it!”
While fried chicken and biscuits from a gas station sounds appealing, we are wondering what other Southern delicacies Moorhead has yet to try during his first few months in Starkville. Has he experienced the Waffle House? Has someone introduced him to collard greens and fried okra? What about grits?
Moorhead eventually will learn about all the food available in the Magnolia State, but he was hired to help continue the success that the Bulldogs achieved under Mullen. With a talented roster coming back, expectations are going to be high for Mississippi State this fall.
One of his main focuses is forming relationships with the high school coaches in the state and get the top players from within the borders to come to play for Mississippi State.
“I think we’ve done a great job getting out to the high schools in the state of Mississippi, creating and developing relationships with the coaches and selling them on the vision of our program … letting them know why the best players in the state of Mississippi need to stay home and play for the state university and help us win an SEC championship and compete for a national championship.”
If Moorhead can get the Bulldogs off to a great start and close to those objectives, he might find that the fried chicken and biscuits will be complimentary.