Paul E. Davis
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Davis pictured in Reveille 1963, Mississippi State yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1922-02-03)February 3, 1922
DiedMarch 31, 2009(2009-03-31) (aged 87)
Auburn, Alabama
Playing career
Head coaching record
Overall20–28–2 (college)
34–11–3 (junior college)
Accomplishments and honors
SEC Coach of the Year (1963)

Paul E. Davis (February 3, 1922 – March 31, 2009) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Mississippi State University from 1962 to 1966, compiling a record of 20–28–2.

Playing careerEdit

Davis grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and attended Young High School there, where he was selected as caption of the school's football team in both 1940 and 1941. During World War II, he served in the United States Army in Europe.[1] He played college football at the University of Mississippi after completing his military service.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Davis was head coach at New Albany High School in New Albany, Mississippi before taking the reins of the Jones County Junior College football team, leading the Bobcats to a 9–0–1 mark and a state championship in 1951. He compiled a 34–11–3 record while coaching the team at Jones County Junior College from 1950 to 1954.[3] He left to take a position as coach at Memphis State University, among other schools, before heading to Mississippi State University under head coach Wade Walker.[1]

He was the head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs football team from 1962 until 1966, with his teams going 20–38–2 overall and 9–22–2 in the Southeastern Conference in those five seasons. The team had a 7–2–2 record in 1963, earning its first postseason bowl game since 1939.[1] The team finished the season with a 16–12 victory over North Carolina State in front of 8,309 fans at the 1963 Liberty Bowl played in a bitter cold Philadelphia.[2] Mississippi State was able to convert two botched North Carolina State punts into touchdowns, and a 13–0 lead at the first quarter.[4] United Press International named Davis the SEC Coach of the Year for the 1963 season.[1] After a 2–8 record in the 1966 season, Mississippi State dismissed Davis, as well as athletic director Wade Walker.[5] Charles Shira, who had been defensive coach for the University of Texas, was named to fill both vacant positions.[6]

He was defensive coordinator and assistant head coach, among other positions, for the Auburn Tigers football team under Ralph Jordan (1967 to 1975), Doug Barfield (1976 to 1980) and Pat Dye (1987 to 1990), spending a total of 17 years with the team.[2]


Davis died at age 87 on March 31, 2009 at a hospice in Auburn, Alabama. He was survived by two children and two grandchildren.[2]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches#
Mississippi State Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (1962–1966)
1962 Mississippi State 3–6 2–5 9th
1963 Mississippi State 7–2–2 4–1–2 4th W Liberty 11
1964 Mississippi State 4–6 2–5 8th
1965 Mississippi State 4–6 1–5 T–9th
1966 Mississippi State 2–8 0–6 T–9th
Mississippi State: 20–28–2 9–22–2
Total: 20–28–2
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


Coaching treeEdit

Assistants under Davis who became college head coaches:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Strange, Mike. "Davis, former SEC coach, dies at 87", Knoxville News Sentinel, March 31, 2009. Accessed April 6, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 via Associated Press. "Ex-Bulldogs coach Davis dies at 87", ESPN, April 1, 2009. Accessed April 1, 2009.
  3. Wansley, Shawn . "Ex-JCJC, MSU head football coach dies"[dead link], Laurel Leader-Call, April 2, 2009. Accessed April 6, 2009.
  4. White, Gordon S.. Jr. "N. Carolina State Bows; Miss. State's Early Attack Tops N.C. State in Liberty Bowl, 16-12 Ball Barely Reaches Long March Starts", The New York Times, December 22, 1963. Accessed April 6, 2009.
  5. Via Associated Press. "Football, Athletic Heads Out at Mississippi State", The New York Times, December 11, 1966. Accessed April 6, 2009.
  6. via United Press International. "Shira Gets Two Posts At Mississippi State", The New York Times, January 12, 1967. Accessed April 6, 2009.
  7. "2016 Mississippi State Football Media Guide". Mississippi State University Athletics. Aug 1, 2016. pp. 104-105.

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