STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTOK) - A new era began Thursday at Mississippi State, and fans are weighing in.
"Oh, really excited. Looking forward to next year. Obviously there were those that were kind of bummed about Dan at first, but that went away real quick. Real comfortable. Looking forward to next season," student Austin Whitley said.
Joe Moorhead was greeted with applause and cowbell rings as the 33rd Head Coach of the Bulldogs. Students and alumni filled the Leo Seal Football Complex with mounds of expectations.
"I was here in the 60s. We won a couple of games the entire time I was here," MSU alumnus Bill Daniel said.
But, fans understand that this team is built to continue and compete as a top team in the country.
"Coach Mullen, like he said, left a good foundation and expectations of the younger generation of fans is quite a bit higher than it was for some of us who've been doing this for a long time,” Daniel said. “But, that's a good thing."
Moorhead will leave behind a Penn State program that he helped turn into one of the top offensive teams in the country, and fans are looking forward for him to continuing that winning formula.
"It's like what he was talking about earlier. Let's win the West to start with,” MSU alumnus Mitchell Johnson said. “Then let's win the SEC Championship after that. And then let's shoot for the National Championship. But, I would love to get us to the Final 4 nationally in a very short period of time."
All eyes are on the Maroon and White as a new age of Bulldog Football begins.
"I think it's going to be fantastic every fall here on campus at Davis Wade and on the road as well. And as he mentioned several times in several of his interviews, he has the best fan support in the nation right here. So I'm excited about it. Welcome aboard our new head coach, Joe Moorhead," Johnson said.