Mississippi State football

Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead walks the field before the start of last Saturday's game against Auburn.

It’s a bye week for Mississippi State and while the Bulldogs are focused on bouncing back from last weekend’s loss at Auburn, MSU head coach Joe Moorhead had to spend at least a few moments on Tuesday night deflecting rumors that he could be the next head coach at Rutgers.

Multiple media personalities and outlets have recently listed Moorhead as a possible candidate to replace Chris Ash, who was fired by Rutgers on Sunday. While meeting with reporters Tuesday, Moorhead said there had been no contact between Rutgers and himself or his representatives. Moorhead seemed to indicate the entirety of his focus is on the Bulldogs.

“We ask our players to be focused on the task at hand and right now I’m focused on us getting better tomorrow, us doing a good job of recruiting this weekend and then doing what we need to do with the team next week to find a way to beat Tennessee,” Moorhead said.

It’s perhaps not a huge surprise that Moorhead’s name would at least come up in regards to the Rutgers job. Moorhead’s roots are in the Northeast and he’s recently had success in the Big Ten Conference as Penn State’s offensive coordinator in 2016 and 2017. However it doesn’t appear Moorhead will be heading back closer to his old stomping grounds at this time.

“I guess it’s getting towards that time of year,” Moorhead said in regards to the rumor mill cranking up.

For more notes on MSU football, see Wednesday's Starkville Daily News.

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