New Oregon offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead ran Penn State’s offense in 2016 and 2017.
This took a while, from first reports that Moorhead had the job, through further reports that maybe he didn’t at that point. But while Oregon still hasn’t officially announced the move, it appears like the announcement is merely a formality now.
Thus, an end comes to what had been the craziest fact concerning the Penn State football program of the offseason, for my money: Ricky Rahne, John Donovan and Josh Gattis — three assistants on James Franklin’s early Nittany Lions staffs — all had current FBS jobs as either a head coach or an offensive coordinator, and Moorhead, inarguably the biggest Penn State-fan favorite among all of them, didn’t.
Anyway, Oregon likely will be a Pac-12 favorite next year, and this is a perfect kind of stop for Moorhead, if he’s hoping to get back to being a head coach quickly. Potentially a big impact for him there.
Donnie Collins has been a member of The Times-Tribune sports staff for nearly 20 years and has been the Penn State football beat writer for Times-Shamrock Newspapers since 2004. The Penn State Football Blog covers Nittany Lions, Big Ten and big-time college football news from Beaver Stadium to the practice field, the bowl game to National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5368; @DonnieCollinsTT