Oregon Ducks OC Joe Moorhead leading candidate to become HC at Akron

Oregon Duck fans have been knowledgeable of the fact that offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead might not be long for the job in Eugene, simply because he is going to be a highly-coveted name on the head-coaching carousel around college football at the end of the season.

Well, the end of the regular season is here, and we’ve already seen a couple of top names come off the board.

According to a report from Yahoo’s Pete Thamel, Moorhead has emerged as the top candidate to become the head coach at the University of Akron after this season. Thamel says that a deal could be finalized within the next 24 hours.

Moorhead, 48, is considered one of the most creative and innovative offensive minds in the country. He also brings extensive head coaching experience, as he led Mississippi State to a pair of bowl games in 2018 and 2019, and Fordham to three straight FCS playoff appearances during his four seasons there.

The combination of Moorhead’s roots with Akron and his head coaching experience made him an attractive candidate. Akron athletic director Charles Guthrie focused on FBS coaching experience as a tenet for Akron’s new coach after firing Tom Arth, who went 3-24 in three seasons.

While the Ducks prepare for a rematch against Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday, we will continue to watch as this story develops.

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