Countdown to Kickoff: 29 Days

Dan Mullen's 29 wins are tied for fourth in school history. (Photo by Lance Murphey/AP)

Dan Mullen’s 29 wins are tied for fourth in school history. (Photo by Lance Murphey/AP)

We’re counting down to MSU’s season opener against Oklahoma State on Aug. 31, giving you a significant number to ponder as August trudges on. Today’s number is…

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29.

In his four seasons at MSU, Dan Mullen has compiled a record of 29-22, which works out to a .569 winning percentage. After going 5-7 in his first year in 2009, Mullen has led MSU to three consecutive winning campaigns: 9-4, 7-6, 8-5. State went to a bowl each of those years, going 2-1. Mullen is already tied for most bowl wins by an MSU coach (Jackie Sherrill went 2-4).

Only one MSU coach has won more games over his first four seasons: Allyn McKeen, who totaled 34 wins from 1939-42. Over nine seasons, McKeen won 65 games, second-most in school history to Sherrill (75). Mullen’s next win will put him in sole possession of fourth place on the list, ahead of W.D. Chadwick, who went 29-12-2 from 1909-13.

As of right now, Mullen owns the best wins-per-season average of all MSU coaches, at 7.25. That’s just ahead of McKeen’s 7.22 average.

Hey, wanna see a list of MSU’s 10 winningest coaches? Of course you do.

1. Sherrill: 75 (1991-2003)

2. McKeen: 65 (1939-48)

3. Bellard: 37 (1979-85)

T4. Chadwick: 29 (1909-13)

T4. Mullen: 29 (2009-present)

6. Walker: 22 (1956-61)

T7. Croom: 21 (2004-08)

T7. Felker: 21 (1986-90)

T7. Tyler: 21 (1973-78)

T10. Davis: 20 (1962-66)

T10. Sasse: 20 (1935-37)

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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