Dan Mullen Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

ATLANTA (Sept. 19, 2017) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Mississippi State Head Football Coach Dan Mullen has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award honors the football coach whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.

Coach Mullen and the Bulldogs upset No. 11 LSU 37-7 at Davis Wade Stadium Saturday evening to record the team’s largest margin of victory over LSU in the two teams’ 111-year history. After playing LSU to a 7-7 tie early in the second quarter, Mississippi State controlled the rest of the game, outscoring the 11th-ranked Tigers 30-0. It was the Bulldogs’ first victory over LSU in Starkville since 1999. It was also the largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent by the Bulldogs since 1942 (33-0 over No. 12 Vanderbilt). The win catapulted Mississippi State into the Top 20 of the national polls ranking as high as No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 19 in the Amway USA Today Coaches Top 25.

“When an unranked team dominates a No. 11 team the way Mississippi State did on Saturday against LSU, we take notice,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Coach Mullen has set a new standard for excellence in Starkville since arriving in 2009, and we appreciate the way that he leads his program.” 

Mullen is in his ninth season, tying College Football Hall of Famer Allyn McKeen as the second-longest tenured coach in school history. Mullen, who is also currently the second longest-tenured coach in the SEC, owns the highest winning percentage (.604) at MSU since McKeen from 1939-48 (.764, min. 3 seasons). Mullen is just one victory away from tying McKeen for second in MSU history, and he’s 11 wins away from tying Jackie Sherrill’s school-record mark. He was the 2014 National Coach of the Year and SEC Coach of the Year.

Off the field, Mullen’s players are constant achievers in the classroom earning an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 974 last year while also donating countless hours to the Starkville area and state of Mississippi. A school-record 31 Bulldogs were named to the 2016 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll, which ranked among the top five in the league. During Mullen’s entire tenure at MSU, 166 players have earned the distinction of SEC Honor Roll recipient. State is tied for the SEC lead in number of National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athletes produced since 2010, with two.

The Mullen’s created the Mullen Family 36 Foundation, raising close to $500,000 for charity in the last five years. The foundation has impacted the lives of 36 different children’s charities throughout the state of Mississippi and annually chooses a deserving student for a college scholarship. In the spring of 2017, the foundation hosted its first golf classic, bringing back former Bulldogs and celebrities that raised over $100,000 for children’s charities.

“Coach Mullen has led the Bulldogs to extraordinary success on the field as well as in the classroom,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “He has the Bulldogs looking like a legitimate SEC West contender, and his commitment to his players and program made him an easy choice for the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week recognition.”     

Previous winners of the 2017 Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week include UCLA Head Coach, Jim Mora and Oklahoma Head Coach, Lincoln Riley.

The Dodd Trophy presented by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – along with the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award – celebrates the head coach of a FBS team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.

A panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2017 season. The winner of the 2017 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.

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About the Dodd Trophy
The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A) head football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field. The award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, as did Coach Dodd’s teams during his 22 years as head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Coach Dodd remains one of college football’s legendary figures, both as a coach and a player. Coach Dodd was a native of Galax, Virginia, and played his college ball at the University of Tennessee where his team had 27 wins, one loss and two ties during the three years he played. Coach Dodd was selected to the National College Football Hall of Fame both as a coach and as a player. Additional information about the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation can be found at www.TheDoddTrophy.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @DoddTrophy or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/DoddTrophy.

About Peach Bowl, Inc.
Peach Bowl, Inc. operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, one of the New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. This season, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is celebrating its Golden Season, including its 50-year history of traditions and successes as the nation’s ninth-oldest bowl organization. The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 51 percent of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $160 million in team payouts over its 50-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $21 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and manages The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CFAPeachBowl.