Penn State football is the No. 1 topic in We are… Awake every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across Nittany Lions sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Penn State football, recruiting, basketball and more.
The search begins
It could take until after Penn State’s bowl game to find out who will replace Joe Moorhead as offensive coordinator on coach James Franklin’s staff.
But that doesn’t mean the speculation will cease anytime soon.
John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times offers up names to replace Moorhead. Current Penn State tight ends coach Ricky Rahne will be the name everyone throws out there.
This would be the easiest route for James Franklin, who’s already shown the ability to successfully promote from within (replacing Bob Shoop with Brent Pry).
Rahne — not only the Nittany Lions’ tight ends coach, but also passing-game coordinator — was the quarterbacks coach until Moorhead showed up. Rahne, a former record-setting signal-caller at Cornell in his playing days, worked with Franklin at Kansas State before joining his Vanderbilt staff in 2011.
Rahne could call the plays for Penn State’s offense in the bowl game. He did so when Penn State played Georgia in the Taxslayer Bowl two seasons ago, a game in which current Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley replaced an injured starter Christian Hackenberg. Penn State’s comeback fell short that day in a 24-17 loss.
Rahne had replaced the fired John Donovan, so he is no stranger to stepping in when needed under Franklin.
Moorhead will not be a part of Penn State’s staff for the bowl.
Joe Moorhead will not coach in Penn State's bowl, John Cohen said. he will not coach in MSU's bowl, either, but will be there, and will be observing players during practice.
— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) November 29, 2017
Mark Wogenrich of the Morning Call offered a name no one else has mentioned: Current Sam Houston State offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey. Cramsey has ties to Pennsylvania, writes Wogenrich.
He currently works for Emmaus High graduate K.C. Keeler at Sam Houston State, which went 10-1 and is in the second round of the FCS playoffs.
Cramsey’s offense averaged 45.9 points and 544.6 yards per game this season. He has a broad range of experience, coaching at New Hampshire, Florida International, Montana State and Nevada.
Cramsey also worked with newly-hired UCLA coach Chip Kelly at New Hampshire, which might make him all the more attractive to hire.
Pennlive’s David Jones says Franklin has an interesting choice to make. Hire Rahne, who is a safe pick, or shoot for someone more flashy.
One current Penn State assistant who is not expected to join Moorhead at Mississippi State is defensive coordinator Brent Pry, writes Zach Barnett FootballScoop.
Derek Levarse of the Times-Leader writes that Franklin and Penn State have much to consider when searching for Moorhead’s replacement.
Under Moorhead, Penn State had an offense like never before. Innovative, fun, high scoring, and a variety of wrinkles.
Andrew Rubin of The Daily Collegian takes a look at the top 10 play-calls Moorhead had while offensive coordinator for Penn State.
Fare thee well
Anthony Colucci from OnwardState took a different approach to the Moorhead news. Instead of offering ideas on who could replace ‘JoeMo,’ he opted to pen a love letter, more of a thank you to what Moorhead brought to Penn State over the last two seasons.
Long term solution
If Penn State running back Saquon Barkley opts to skip his final season and enter the NFL draft, he will do so as likely a first-round pick, perhaps even a top-five selection. That means he’s on the radar of the winless Cleveland Browns, who should secure the No. 1 pick again.
Pat McManamon of ESPN.com offered up the idea that if the Browns want to fix their woes, they need to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins and draft Barkley next spring.
Miss previous editions of the Wakeup Call? They can be found here.
The post Joe Moorhead won’t coach Penn State bowl game; more potential candidates to fill his spot on staff appeared first on Land of 10.
Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.