Source: MSU plans to extend Moorhead's contract

Joe Moorhead

Staff Writer

Mississippi State is planning to extend the contract of head football coach Joe Moorhead.

A source confirmed to the Starkville Daily News on Wednesday that the Bulldogs are looking to add another year to Moorhead’s deal in order to extend him back out to the maximum four years allowed by Mississippi state law.

Moorhead originally signed a four-year deal with MSU upon his hire late last year. In that original contract, Moorhead was slated to make $2.6 million this season with a $100,000 raise each season through 2021.

Also, according to the terms of his original contract, Moorhead earned a $75,000 bonus this season for leading Mississippi State to the upcoming Outback Bowl to be played on New Year’s Day 2019.
No terms of Moorhead’s potential new deal are currently known.

Moorhead led Mississippi State to an 8-4 overall record in his first regular season with the Bulldogs. Moorhead became the first MSU head coach to win at least eight games in his first season at the helm since Allyn McKeen accomplished the feat in 1938.

Moorhead led Mississippi State to an especially strong finish. After MSU began the season 4-3, the Bulldogs responded by winning four of their final five games down the stretch, including a 35-3 win over instate rival Ole Miss on Thanksgiving night.

Mississippi State finished the season ranked No. 18 in the College Football Playoff rankings, as well as in the Associated Press and coaches Top 25 polls. MSU’s No. 18 finish in the final CFP rankings was the school’s highest season-ending mark since capping the regular season at No. 7 back in 2014.

Of State’s four losses this year, all four came against teams ranked in the final CFP Top 15. Three of those defeats came on the road.

Meanwhile all eight of Mississippi State’s wins came by double figures as Moorhead led the Bulldogs to their first-ever Outback Bowl. MSU is counting on Moorhead to continue to build upon his debut season in the years ahead.