Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen has been named the American Football Coaches Association Region 2 Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to one of the best seasons in school history.
Mullen guided MSU to its first ever 10-win regular season and claimed three wins over top 10 opponents. The Bulldogs enjoyed a five-week run at No. 1 and were the first team to hold the top spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff Poll.
State had the fastest rise from unranked to No. 1 in Associated Press Poll history and were selected to a bowl for the fifth consecutive season.
Other regional winners were Duke’s David Cutcliffe, Minnesota’s Jerry Kill, TCU’s Gary Patterson and Colorado State’s Jim McElwain. These coaches will be honored at a banquet in Louisville, Ky., on Jan. 13.