Akron hires Oregon offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead as new coach


Akron has hired Oregon offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead as its new head coach, confirming the move Saturday after the Ducks lost the Pac-12 championship game to Utah on Friday.

Moorhead, a Pittsburgh native, spent five years at Akron from 2004 to 2008, serving as the Zips’ offensive coordinator in the final two. He went on to stints at Connecticut, Fordham (as head coach), Penn State, Mississippi State (as head coach again) and now Oregon, where he has directed the offenses for two Pac-12 North champion teams.

Akron fired Tom Arth after he compiled a 3-24 record over the past three seasons. Oscar Rodriguez Jr. served as the interim coach for the Zips’ final three games.

“We are committed to fielding a championship-caliber football program at the University of Akron, and I’m confident we have found the right leader at the right time to make good on that promise,” university president Gary L. Miller said in a news release. “I believe Zips fans have been patient long enough, and I have no doubt Joe will deliver winning football consistently to our community, in our world-class stadium, and throughout the season whether at home or on the road. Most importantly, Joe will teach and motivate our student-athletes to be the best version of themselves in the classroom, on the field and out in the Akron community.”

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