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Penn State Football: Despite Interest, Moorhead Just Happy In The Valley

by on December 30, 2016 3:00 PM

Don't worry Penn State fans, Joe Moorhead isn't going anywhere just yet.

Speaking to the media in the days leading up to the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2, one of the hottest offensive coordinators in the nation answered questions about his future at Penn State and the reported interest in his services following a Big Ten championship victory earlier this month.

"There was, you know, people who were interested in speaking to me about their head coaching positions, and I was willing to listen," Moorhead said. "Ultimately made the decision that personally and professionally that my family and I wanted to be at Penn State. So a little bit hectic at times, but it comes with the territory."

The reason that Moorhead is staying -- perhaps the often forgotten aspect of every coaching hire and change -- is that Joe Moorhead is, like everyone else, a person.

"When I was at Fordham, I had a an FBS job offered to me and turned that down to stay at Fordham. And the thing I said to the people at Fordham is it would take a pretty special opportunity for me to leave there, and obviously, Penn State was that opportunity," Moorhead said.

"But I was told from a coach a long time ago that when there's an opportunity offered to you, to utilize a couple different criteria, personal and professional. I'm two hours from my folks. My wife's a couple hours from her family. My kids love it here in State College, and we're a program on the rise, and James is great to work for. We have great kids. It just made the most personal and professional sense to stay here, because great things are on the horizon."

So for the 2017 campaign fans can add Joe Moorhead to the list of positives coming back to campus for an already anticipated season. Moorhead may not be in State College for the rest of his career. Becoming a head coach again will happen down the road, but not just yet.

"If an opportunity presents itself, at worst I think it's best to listen" Moorhead added. "Once again, you utilize the criteria, personal and professional. I'm very entrenched here, and to me, my professional success is not determined on becoming a head coach again. If it happens and it's the right situation, fantastic. If not, that's not going to lessen or diminish anything from my end.

"Like I said, it's great to be at Penn State. It's great to be the offensive coordinator here. If a situation arises and it's right, I'll listen to what people have to say and consider it on an individual basis."



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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