New England Patriots

Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge reacts on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Patriots won 27-24. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

Reported interest in Joe Judge, the Patriots’ special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach, has extended beyond the NFL, as the 39-year-old Judge is a ‘strong candidate’ for the Mississippi State head coaching job, according to college football reporter Bruce Feldman.

It’s a job that Judge, who played quarterback at Mississippi State from 2000 through 2004 and then served as a graduate assistant coach for three seasons, has ‘always really wanted’ per Feldman, and is now available following the school’s firing of Joe Moorhead last week after two seasons on the job.

The 38-year-old Judge has been with the Patriots since the 2012 season, and has been the Patriots’ special teams coordinator since 2015, and added wide receivers coaching duties to his plate this past season following the departure of Chad O’Shea for an offensive coordinator gig with the Dolphins. O’Shea, of course, has since been fired by the Fins.

Judge, meanwhile, has already met with the New York Giants about their vacant head coaching job.