Mississippi State football

Mississippi State head football coach Joe Moorhead gave no clear indication during his Monday weekly press conference who would start at quarterback this week against Alabama between graduate transfer Tommy Stevens or freshman Garrett Shrader.

In the aftermath of Thursday’s win over Ole Miss and with his job status under scrutiny, Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead said he’d continue to lead the Bulldogs until someone was to “drag his Yankee (expletive)” out of Starkville.

On Saturday, it became apparent that Joe Moorhead and his backside will continue to be wrapped in maroon and white.

Sources confirmed to the Starkville Daily News on Saturday that Moorhead will remain the coach at MSU. It backed up Moorhead’s post-Egg Bowl claim that he was going nowhere anytime soon.

“Just make sure everybody understands – this is my school, this is my team and this is my program,” Moorhead said on Thursday. “I’m not interested in anybody’s validation except for the guys in that locker room. Every single one of them, you ask who is the right man for the job, they’ll tell you it’s me. I promise you that.”

Saturday displayed that Moorhead has more support than just from his players.

He apparently has it from above as well. Sources told the SDN that Moorhead and MSU administrators had a lengthy meeting on Saturday to discuss the future of the Bulldog football program moving forward. That future now definitely appears to include Moorhead, who will enter his third season in 2020.

So far in his Mississippi State career, Moorhead has compiled a 14-11 overall record on the field and reached bowl eligibility in back-to-back seasons. He also holds a 2-0 record against instate rival Ole Miss.

Moorhead has developed critics in his two years in Starkville however. He has a losing record in conference games (7-9), has suffered multiple lopsided losses to Southeastern Conference powers and has seen extremely inconsistent offensive production, despite Moorhead often being hailed as an offensive mastermind when he was originally hired.

With Saturday’s development, Moorhead will now have the opportunity to iron out those kinks as he continues on as the head man at Mississippi State.

This is a developing story. For more, read Sunday's Starkville Daily News.

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