It's unclear if Moorhead will take any of Penn State's current staff with him to Starksville, and it's also not clear who the Lions' next offensive coordinator will be, but a search is undoubtedly underway, and an interim play caller for the bowl game should be named soon.
Joe Moorhead's move from Happy Valley to Starkville is now official.
There was excitement in town Wednesday when the university made the formal announcement of its new coach, naming Moorhead, 44, a Pittsburgh native who had rejuvenated the Penn State offense over the last two seasons with a clever and innovative read option attack.
Joe Moorhead won't be coaching in it according to Will Sammon of the Clarion-Ledger. "We are so appreciative of everything that he has done for Penn State football in his two years".
"It's a tremendous honor to be a Mississippi State Bulldog", Moorhead said.
He and the rest of the team will now have a coach known for his dynamic offense as Mississippi State attempts to challenge the likes of Alabama, Auburn and LSU in the SEC West.
Moorhead was considered a "high priority" candidate for the vacancy, per a Monday night report by USA Today's Dan Wolken.
The writing was really on the wall for Moorhead to eventually run an FBS program. As head coach at Fordham, he led the Rams to the Patriot League title in 2014. That's no coincidence. Donovan's offense managed 23.2 points per game in 2015.
The Nittany Lions will certainly miss Moorhead. "I am grateful to John Cohen and Dr. Mark Keenum for giving me this opportunity, and I am proud to be your coach".