Allyn McKeen
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Biographical details
Born(1905-01-26)January 26, 1905
Fulton, Kentucky
DiedSeptember 13, 1978(1978-09-13) (aged 73)
Montgomery, Alabama
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
West Tennessee State
Mississippi State
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 SIAA (1938)
Orange Bowl Champs (1940)
1 SEC (1941)
SEC Coach of the Year (1940)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1991 (profile)

Allyn McKeen (January 26, 1905 – September 13, 1978) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at West Tennessee State Normal School, now the University of Memphis, from 1937 to 1938 and at Mississippi State College, now Mississippi State University, from 1939 to 1948, compiling a career college football record of 78–25–3. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1991.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

McKeen played football as a guard at the University of Tennessee from 1925 to 1927, where he earned all-state honors. He was also the captain of the men's basketball and track teams.

Coaching career[edit | edit source]

From 1937 to 1938, McKeen coached at West Tennessee State, where he compiled a 13–6 record. His 1938 team went undefeated at 10–0. From 1939 to 1948, he coached at Mississippi State, where he compiled a 65–19–3 record. In 1940, he was named the SEC Coach of the Year after leading Mississippi State to its only undefeated season in school history. The following year, his squad captured the first and only Southeastern Conference championship in program history.

Late life and honors[edit | edit source]

After retiring from coaching, McKeen served as the director of the Blue–Gray Football Classic. He was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
West Tennessee State Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1937–1938)
1937 West Tennessee State 3–6
1938 West Tennessee State 10–0
Memphis: 13–6
Mississippi State Maroons (Southeastern Conference) (1939–1948)
1939 Mississippi State 8–2 3–2 4th
1940 Mississippi State 10–0–1 4–0–1 2nd W Orange 9
1941 Mississippi State 8–1–1 4–0–1 1st 16
1942 Mississippi State 8–2 5–2 4th 18
1943 No team
1944 Mississippi State 6–2 3–2 5th
1945 Mississippi State 6–3 2–3 T–7th
1946 Mississippi State 8–2 3–2 5th
1947 Mississippi State 7–3 2–2 4th
1948 Mississippi State 4–4–1 3–3 7th
Mississippi State: 65–19–3 29–16–2
Total: 78–25–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final AP Poll.

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