Dan Mullen Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

ATLANTA (November 7, 2016) – 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 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 his Bulldogs pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season and scored a decisive conference victory,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Coach Mullen has achieved great success since he took over the Mississippi State program and after this win, he is certainly a deserving honoree for this week’s award.”

Mississippi State hosted Texas A&M, who was ranked No. 4 in the first College Football Playoff rankings. Coach Mullen’s Bulldogs surged to a 28-7 first-half lead, and held on for the 35-28 upset thanks in large part to a dominating rushing attack that outgained the Aggies by more than 200 yards on the ground.

Coach Mullen has achieved unprecedented success since taking over the Mississippi State program in 2008. Mullen has produced three seasons of at least nine victories in the last six years, including the school’s first back-to-back nine-win seasons in 2014 and 2015, and first-ever 10-win season in 2014. The Mississippi State team has seen success in the classroom as well under Mullen’s leadership, boasting a notable Academic Progress Rate score of 971 last year. During his tenure at Mississippi State, he has had more than 130 Bulldogs named to the SEC Honor Roll.

The Mullens created the Mullen Family 36 Foundation, raising more than $325,000 for charity in the last four years. The foundation has impacted 36 different children’s charities throughout the state of Mississippi, with a focus on education, scholarship, the arts, athletics and healthcare. Earlier this spring, Coach Mullen also participated in the 120th Boston Marathon. In the process, the Mullen Family 36 Foundation raised more than $60,000 through race donations.

“The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is proud to honor Coach Mullen after an impressive upset win for his Bulldogs,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “Coach Mullen certainly earned this week’s accolades and we wish him and his team continued success this season.”

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.

2016 Dodd Coach of the Week Winners
Week Coach School
1 Paul Chryst Wisconsin
2 Bret Bielema Arkansas
3 Urban Meyer Ohio State
4 Gus Malzahn Auburn
5 Larry Fedora North Carolina
6 Ken Niumatalolo Navy
7 Nick Saban Alabama
8 James Franklin Penn State
9 Charlie Strong Texas

The winner of the 2016 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week. 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 2016 season.

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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 www.Facebook.com/DoddTrophy.

 

About the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014 and 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl hosted top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first College Football Playoff Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3). The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 54 percent (26 of 48) of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $150 million in team payouts during its 48-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 $19.8 million to organizations in need since 2002. More information about the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and its events is available at www.Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ChickfilAPeachBowl.