The Mississippi State Bulldogs college football team represents Mississippi State University in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Bulldogs compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 32 head coaches since it began play during the 1895 season. Since December 2008, Dan Mullen has served as the Bulldogs' head coach.
The team has played more than 1,050 games over 111 seasons. In that time, eight coaches have led the Bulldogs in postseason bowl games: Ralph Sasse, Allyn McKeen, Paul E. Davis, Bob Tyler, Emory Bellard, Jackie Sherrill, Sylvester Croom and Dan Mullen. McKeen led the Bulldogs to their lone conference championship as a member of the SEC in 1941.
Sherrill is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 75 victories during his 13 years with the program. McKeen has the highest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .764. W.M. Matthews and J.B. Hildebrand have the lowest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .000. Of the 32 different head coaches who have led the Bulldogs, Bernie Bierman, McKeen and Darrell Royal have been inducted as head coaches into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.
|#||Order of coaches[A 2]||GC||Games coached||CW||Conference wins||PW||Postseason wins|
|DC||Division championships||OW||Overall wins||CL||Conference losses||PL||Postseason losses|
|CC||Conference championships||OL||Overall losses||CT||Conference ties||PT||Postseason ties|
|NC||National championships||OT||Overall ties[A 3]||C%||Conference winning percentage|
|Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame||O%||Overall winning percentage[A 4]|
|1||Matthews, W. M.W. M. Matthews||1895||2||0||2||0||.000||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|2||Hildebrand, J. B.J. B. Hildebrand||1896||4||0||4||0||.000||0||2||0||.000||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|3||Harvey, L. B.L. B. Harvey||1901||5||2||2||1||.500||1||2||0||.333||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|4||Gwinn, L.L. Gwinn||1902||6||1||4||1||.250||0||4||1||.100||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|5||Martin, Daniel S.Daniel S. Martin||1903–1906||24||10||11||3||.479||5||9||3||.382||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|6||Furman, FredFred Furman||1907–1908||16||9||7||0||.563||5||6||0||.455||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|7||Chadwick, W. D.W. D. Chadwick||1909–1913||43||29||12||2||.698||19||12||2||.606||1||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|8||Hayes, Earle C.Earle C. Hayes||1914–1916||25||15||8||2||.640||10||8||0||.556||—||—||—||—||0||0||—|
|9||Robinson, Stanley L.Stanley L. Robinson||1917–1919||21||16||5||0||.762||11||3||0||.786||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|10||Holtkamp, FredFred Holtkamp||1920–1921||17||9||7||1||.559||7||5||1||.577||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|11||Noble, DudyDudy Noble||1922||9||3||4||2||.444||2||3||0||.400||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|12||Abell, EarlEarl Abell||1923–1924||18||10||6||2||.611||5||3||2||.545||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|13||Bierman, BernieBernie Bierman||1925–1926||17||8||8||1||.500||3||7||0||.300||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|14||Hancock, John W.John W. Hancock||1927–1929||24||8||12||4||.412||3||9||1||.269||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|15||Cagle, ChrisChris Cagle||1930||9||2||7||0||.222||2||1||0||.666||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|16||Dauber, Ray G.Ray G. Dauber||1931–1932||16||5||11||0||.313||0||9||0||.000||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|17||McKechnie, RossRoss McKechnie||1933–1934||20||7||12||1||.375||1||10||1||.125||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|18||Sasse, RalphRalph Sasse||1935–1937||32||20||10||2||.656||8||7||0||.533||0||1||0||—||0||0||—|
|19||Nelson, SpikeSpike Nelson||1938||10||4||6||0||.400||1||4||0||.200||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|20||McKeen, AllynAllyn McKeen||1939–1942
|21||Morton, ArthurArthur Morton||1949–1951||27||8||18||1||.315||5||15||0||.250||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|22||Warmath, MurrayMurray Warmath||1952–1953||19||10||6||3||.605||6||5||3||.536||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|23||Royal, DarrellDarrell Royal||1954–1955||20||12||8||0||.600||7||7||0||.500||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|24||Walker, WadeWade Walker||1956–1961||56||22||32||2||.411||8||30||2||.225||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|25||Davis, Paul E.Paul E. Davis||1962–1966||50||20||28||2||.420||10||22||2||.324||1||0||0||—||0||0||AP SEC Coach of the Year (1963)|
|26||Shira, CharlesCharles Shira||1967–1972||63||16||45||2||.270||5||32||2||.154||0||0||0||—||0||0||AP SEC Coach of the Year (1970)|
|27||Tyler, BobBob Tyler
|28||Bellard, EmoryEmory Bellard||1979–1985||79||37||42||0||.468||15||27||0||.357||1||1||0||—||0||0||—|
|29||Felker, RockeyRockey Felker||1986–1990||55||21||34||0||.382||5||28||0||.151||0||0||0||—||0||0||—|
|30||Sherrill, JackieJackie Sherrill||1991–2003||152||75||75||2||.500||43||59||1||.422||2||4||0||1||0||0||—|
|31||Croom, SylvesterSylvester Croom||2004–2008||59||21||38||—||.356||10||30||—||.250||1||0||—||0||0||0||AP SEC Coach of the Year (2007)
SEC Coach of the Year (2007)
|32||Mullen, DanDan Mullen||2009–present||77||46||31||—||.597||22||26||—||.458||3||2||—||0||0||0||AP SEC Coach of the Year (2014)|
- Although the first Rose Bowl Game was played in 1902, it has been continuously played since the 1916 game, and is recognized as the oldest bowl game by the NCAA. "—" indicates any season prior to 1916 when postseason games were not played.
- A running total of the number of head coaches, with coaches who served separate tenures being counted only once. Interim head coaches are represented with "Int" and are not counted in the running total. "—" indicates the team played but either without a coach or no coach is on record. "X" indicates an interim year without play.
- Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.
- When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.
- Statistics correct as of the end of the 2012 college football season.
- Mississippi State did not field teams between the 1897–1900 seasons and again for the 1943 season due to World War II.
- Divisional champions have advanced to the SEC Championship Game since the institution of divisional play beginning in the 1992 season. Since that time, Mississippi State has competed as a member of the West Division of the SEC.
- Tyler's record on-the-field in 1975 was six wins and four losses and one tie (6–4–1, 1–4–1 SEC), nine wins and two losses (9–2, 4–2 SEC) in 1976 and five wins and six losses (5–6, 2–4 SEC) in 1977. In May 1978, the NCAA ruled that Mississippi State must forfeit 19 victories due to playing an ineligible player. As a result of this penalty, the official NCAA record for these years are 2–9, 0–11 and 0–11 respectively.
- 2011 Mississippi State Football Media Guide, pp. 86–92
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- "Hall of Famers: Allyn McKeen". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
- "Hall of Famers: Darrell Royal". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
- 2011 Mississippi State Football Media Guide, p. 116
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- 2011 Mississippi State Football Media Guide, p. 90
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