Akron coach Joe Moorhead agrees to contract extension amid interest from Power Five, NFL teams, per report

Akron coach Joe Moorehead has signed a contract extension for the 2027 season that will raise his salary to the average of MAC coaches. ESPN. The extension comes amid potential interest from NFL and Power Five college football teams looking for an offensive coordinator.

Moorhead became a popular choice for high-profile positions due to his successful work as offensive coordinator in Pennsylvania and Oregon. He was involved with the work of coordinator of the Notre Dame offensive – among other important opportunities – after Tommy Reese left for Alabama, as well as was associated with the Baltimore Ravens. However, he decided to return for another season with Akron.

Moorehead’s decision to take a job with Akron after the 2021 season came as something of a surprise after a successful two-year stint as offensive coordinator in Oregon. The job brought Moorhead back to his beginnings as an assistant at Akron from 2004-2008 and within two hours of his Pittsburgh roots. He took over the program, which went 3-27 over the previous three seasons.

Akron struggled in Moorhead’s first season with the program, limping to a 2-10 record. However, the Zips were very competitive throughout the stretch, losing five games by one score to thrash Northern Illinois 44–12 on the road. Offense improved from 106th to 80th in yards under the guidance of an offensive guru and led MAC in passing offense. Wide receiver Alex Adams turned down one catch the year before All-MAC First Team honors after catching 63 passes for 855 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Zips begin their 2023 campaign against Temple on September 2nd.


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