Joe Moorhead is the new “head ball coach” at Mississippi State. And that’s exciting for Bulldogs fans who were concerned about the future of the program after long-time coach Dan Mullen left for Florida on Sunday.
On Wednesday, Misssissippi State made the decision to hire the Penn State offensive coordinator official.
On Thursday, the Bulldogs introduced Moorhead to the Mississippi State faithful in an introductory press conference.
What Joe Moorhead said at his introductory press conference
- Moorhead opened with admitting that it is his family’s first real venture into the South and applauded the “Southern hospitality” he has received from the people of Mississippi.
- Said his dad, who worked three jobs to support putting his kids through college, instilled the blue-collar working mentality in him that reflects in his coaching style. Said his dad took him to steel mill and told him that “I go through this so that you won’t have to.”
- “There is no greater challenge than the SEC West.”
- Said that Mississippi State checked all the boxes in a coaching job search: Personal, professional and compensation goals.
- “This isn’t a job where we had to go in and bulldoze the house.” Credited coach Mullen for a “solid foundation” to the house.
- “Accountability, productivity and persistence” are the values that Moorhead says he’s going to focus on instilling in his programs. Said the team that does the “little things right” can beat teams with more talent.
- Said going to win through “Talent, culture and coaching.”
- “If I can trust you to go to class, I can trust you to run the right route.”
- “Life isn’t about trying hard, it’s about doing something to the best of your abilities.”
- “We’re going to finish everything that we do. We’re going to fight, scratch and claw. People are going to understand that when you take the field with the Mississippi State Bulldogs that you’re in for a 15-round fight.”
- “Preparation, effort, and execution” is what he believes wins ball games. “Purpose, passion and a blue-collar work ethic” is how he’s going to get those things done.
- “The No. 1 goal for me as an education is to graduate 100 percent of our Bulldogs football players with a meaningful degree and turn them into productive citizens.”
- “The No. 2 goal for me is to make sure the dang Egg Bowl stays home.” Said he understands exactly what this rivalry means.
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