Mississippi State has won one SEC championship in and a division championship in The Bulldogs have 16 postseason bowl appearances. Daniel S. Martin left rival Ole Miss and served as the Aggies' head football coach from — Chadwick led the Aggies from — The team was also referred to as 'The Bull Dogs'.
After leading Mississippi State to a 20—10—2 record in three years and an appearance in the Orange Bowl ,  a loss,  Sasse stunned the students and players by resigning from his head coach's duties, following a doctor's orders after a sudden nervous breakdown. Allyn McKeen left Memphis to become head football coach at Mississippi State,  where he compiled a 65—19—3 record in ten seasons.
McKeen retired from coaching in after being fired by Athletic Director Dudy Noble because of a 4—4—1 season. Mississippi State did not field a football team in Darrell Royal came to Mississippi State from the CFL 's Edmonton Eskimos  and put up back-to-back 6—4 records in his two seasons as the Maroons head football coach. Wade Walker was promoted from line coach to head coach following Royal's departure.
Walker compiled a 22—32—2 record over his 6-season tenure. The Mississippi State Maroons posted a lackluster 2—7—1 record in Colvard relented and fired Walker as football coach, but kept him on as athletic director, a post he kept until Paul Davis was promoted from assistant coach to head coach following Walker's firing.
Charles Shira , who had been defensive coordinator for the University of Texas under former Bulldogs head coach Darrell Royal , was named to fill the head coaching position as well as the vacant post of Athletic Director. In his first season, his team won two games, followed by none the following year. Mississippi State improved to 3—7 in Bob Tyler was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach of the Bulldogs football team after Shira's resignation. Mississippi State was placed on probation by the NCAA prior to the season due to alleged improper benefits to student athletes.
He was considered to have had one of the most innovative offensive minds in football and is credited for inventing the wishbone formation. However, the Bulldogs significantly regressed after In the next five seasons, he only won a total of five games in SEC play. Before the season, Bellard boldly predicted that the Bulldogs would rebound and win their first SEC title since They not only failed to do so, but went winless in SEC play.
Bellard was fired after the season. Rockey Felker returned to his alma mater, which was coming off four consecutive losing seasons, from his post as wide receivers coach at Alabama. However, the Bulldogs never recovered from four consecutive blowout losses at the end of the season, during which they scored a total of nine points, including a loss to Ole Miss.
Felker suffered through four losing seasons 4—7, 1—10, 5—6, 5—6 between and , and only won a total of five games in SEC play. He was only vs. Ole Miss. In thirteen seasons in Starkville, Sherrill coached the Bulldogs to a record of 75—75—2. Sherrill, along with Bill Snyder of Kansas State , were among the first to use the rich JUCO systems of their respective states to help their programs progress. Although Sherrill won only eight games in his last three seasons, he built Mississippi State into a consistent winner despite playing in the same division as powerhouses like Alabama, Auburn and LSU.
He also finished with a winning record against in-state rival Ole Miss 7—6. Under Sherrill, the Bulldogs went to six bowl games;  before his arrival they'd only been to seven bowls in 96 years of play. Sherrill also achieved notoriety by having his team observe the castration of a bull as a motivational technique prior to a game versus Texas.
Unranked Mississippi State subsequently beat the 13 ranked Longhorns. Croom led the Bulldogs to a 3—8 2—6 SEC record in In , State again finished 3—8. Mississippi State struggled to a 3—9 record in During the season, during which his team won eight games, including the Liberty Bowl ,  Croom garnered Coach of the Year awards from three organizations.
It was the first time a Mississippi State coach received the AP honor since Charley Shira in and the first time a Mississippi State coach received the coaches award since Wade Walker in Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen was hired as Mississippi State's head coach in late In Mullen's first season, the Bulldogs finished 5—7, ending upbeat with a 41—27 victory over 20 Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.
In , Mississippi State defeated Tennessee 41—31 in their sixth game of the season to become bowl eligible. They also became the first team to be ranked 1 in the new FBS Playoff Football Poll and held the top ranking for the first three weeks of the poll before losing to Alabama. However, at the end of the season, only one of the three teams remained ranked. As a result, they were awarded a trip to the Orange Bowl against 10 Georgia Tech on December 31, Mississippi State finished the season 10—3 and were ranked 11 in the final AP Poll. In , the Bulldogs went 4—4 in the SEC and finished the regular season with an 8—4 record and went on to play in the Belk Bowl against the NC State Wolfpack ,  winning The Mississippi State Bulldogs finished the year with an 8—1—1 record, and won the Southeastern Conference championship.
In that game, MSU led eventual national champion Tennessee in the fourth quarter before falling 14—24 in the Georgia Dome. They continued on to play in the Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas, Texas, against a heavily favored [ citation needed ] Texas Longhorns team. The Bulldogs lost the game 11— Mississippi State has played in 22 bowl games, compiling a record of 13—9, highlighted by wins in the Orange Bowl, the Liberty Bowl , the Peach Bowl , and the Gator Bowl.
Mississippi State does not count the victory against the athletic club among its bowl games and bowl wins. From — Mississippi State had a 5-game winning streak in bowls. The streak ended against the Northwestern Wildcats in the Gator Bowl. The Bulldogs have been to nine straight bowl games for the first time in school history dating back to the season. It was first played in and has been played every year since with the exception of the season when neither school fielded teams due to World War II making it the tenth longest uninterrupted series in the United States. The game became "The Battle for the Golden Egg" in when a traveling trophy was added.
Although through the years the game has been played primarily in 3 locations Starkville 38 times , Oxford 36 times , and Jackson 29 times ; there have been a few meetings in other locations including Tupelo 3 times, Greenwood twice, Clarksdale once, and Columbus once. Through , in total the two squads have met on the gridiron times with Ole Miss holding a 62—45—6 lead in the series.
Both universities are founding members of the Southeastern Conference, as well as the Western Division. This rivalry is LSU's longest rivalry with meetings. Mississippi State's 34—29 victory on September 20, was the Bulldogs' first over LSU since , their first in Baton Rouge since , and just their fourth overall since The game, which was won on the field by Mississippi State but later deemed by the NCAA to have been forfeited, therefore lost, by Mississippi State.
The two campuses are located approximately 90 miles apart, and are the closest SEC schools in terms of distance. Entering its 97th meeting as of the football season, Alabama-Mississippi State is one of the SEC's longest-running series, dating back to Kentucky has been Mississippi State's designated cross-division permanent opponent since the SEC became a team league in The game became a permanent rivalry when the Southeastern Conference assigned permanent interdivisional rivals. Mississippi State lost to Kentucky on October 22, ending a 7-game win streak against the Wildcats. The most unusual and certainly the most resounding symbol of Mississippi State University tradition is the cowbell.
Despite decades of attempts by opponents and authorities to banish it from scenes of competition,  diehard State fans still celebrate Bulldog victories loudly and proudly with the distinctive sound of ringing cowbells. The precise origin of the cowbell as a fixture of Mississippi State sports tradition remains unclear to this day. The best records have cowbells gradually introduced to the MSU sports scene in the late s and early s, coinciding with the 'golden age' of Mississippi State football success prior to World War II.
The most popular legend is that during a home football game between State and arch-rival Ole Miss, a jersey cow wandered onto the playing field. Mississippi State soundly whipped the Rebels that Saturday, and State College students immediately adopted the cow as a good luck charm. Students are said to have continued bringing a cow to football games for a while, until the practice was eventually discontinued in favor of bringing just the cow's bell. Whatever the origin, it is certain that by the s cowbells were common at Mississippi State games, and by the s were established as the special symbol of Mississippi State.
Ironically, the cowbell's popularity grew most rapidly during the long years when State football teams were rarely successful.
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Flaunting this anachronism from the 'aggie' days was a proud response by students and alumni to outsider scorn of the university's 'cow college' history. Terrell and Ralph L. Reeves obliged some students by welding handles on the bells to they could be rung with much more convenience and authority.
By the demand for these long-handled cowbells could not be filled by home workshops alone, so at the suggestion of Reeves the Student Association bought bells in bulk and the Industrial Education Club agreed to weld on handles. In the MSU Bookstore began marketing these cowbells with a portion of the profits returning to these student organizations. Today many styles of cowbells are available on campus and around Starkville, with the top-of-the-line a heavy chrome-plated model with a full Bulldog figurine handle.
But experts insist the best and loudest results are produced by a classic long-handled, bicycle-grip bell made of thinner and tightly-welded shells. Cowbells decorate offices and homes of Mississippi State alumni, and are passed down through generations of Bulldog fans. In early , the SEC adopted a rule against artificial noisemakers that made it illegal to ring a cowbell during games; an official complaint by Auburn coach Shug Jordan, whose disapproval of the tradition went back several years,  after the Tigers narrow win over the Bulldogs was largely responsible for the decision.
That spring, the 12 schools of the SEC agreed to a compromise on artificial noisemakers, acknowledging the role cowbells play in the history of Mississippi State University by amending the conference by-law. In the fall of , on a one-year trial with specified restrictions, cowbells were permitted in Davis Wade Stadium for the first time in 36 years. And due to MSU fans' notable adherence to the rules outlined by the league, cowbells will continue to be allowed with similar restrictions in place.
In , the rule was made permanent by the SEC. Maroon and White are the distinctive colors of Mississippi State University athletic teams, dating back over a century to the very first football game ever played by the school's student-athletes. Considering making this choice an honor, the inaugural State team gave the privilege to team captain W. Accounts report that without hesitation Matthews chose Maroon and White. Mississippi State Bulldogs Football Sports team recruiting rankings. Mississippi State has had 14 players selected in the first round of professional football drafts.
Mississippi State made history on December 1, , when it hired Sylvester Croom as its head football coach.
Mississippi State plays Kentucky as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the East division among the other six schools. Announced schedules as of June 14, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This section is too long. Consider splitting it into new pages, adding subheadings , or condensing it. April This section needs additional citations for verification.
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