Penn State assistant will join former OC Joe Moorhead; Nittany Lions journey back to the national spotlight

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Losing another assistant

Former Penn State offensive coordinator, and new Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead didn’t have to look far for one of his new assistants.

According to John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times, by way of The Athletic, Penn State running backs and special teams coach Charles Huff will join Moorhead in Starkville.

From the report:

Huff will be Mississippi State’s co-offensive coordinator, running backs coach and assistant head coach. But Moorhead said in his Thursday press conference that he will still call the plays.

An interesting move because it now gives James Franklin the opportunity to seek two more assistants for his staff, plus a 10th spot which will be available at the beginning of 2018.

Meanwhile, Moorhead told reporters on Thursday that he will not go after any current Penn State recruits, but did detail how he will fill out his staff at Mississippi State.

Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that Penn State will survive Moorhead’s departure.

Thanks again

Penn State’s quick ascension out of the ashes of the NCAA sanctions levied during the Sandusky scandal would not have been possible without the job former coach Bill O’Brien did during his brief time in Happy Valley.

But another two-year stretch, the one occupied by Moorhead, also took Penn State to a new level of national prominence, writes the Daily Collegian’s Paddy Cotter.

Bowl tickets available next week

While fans won’t know the bowl destination until sometime on Sunday afternoon, Penn State announced that tickets for for the bowl game will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m.

Nittany Lion Club members will have an opportunity to get tickets on Sunday immediately following the announcement of the bowl game.

Showdown on the ice

The Penn State men’s hockey team has a showdown at No. 11 Ohio State this weekend in Columbus and they are getting a major boost with their top scoring line back together.

Sophomore Denis Smirnov’s return to the lineup gives the Nittany Lions an offensive jolt they need right now, writes Gordon Brunskill of the Centre Daily Times.

The Nittany Lions and Buckeyes will faceoff at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Value City Arena. Penn State currently sits at 8-7-1 overall, but just 4-4 on the road this season. The Buckeyes are 8-3-3.

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