Former MSU Football Coach Dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Former Mississippi State head football coach Paul Davis has died in Alabama. He was 87.

Davis, who headed the football program at the university in Starkville from 1962 to 1966, died Tuesday at Bethany House, a hospice in Auburn, Ala.

A hospice spokeswoman and an official at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika, Ala., did not have an exact cause of death.

During his long coaching career, Davis also was Auburn's defensive coordinator and assistant head coach under Shug Jordan from 1967 to 1975. Later, he was an Auburn assistant for Doug Barfield and was a member of Pat Dyes' staff.

In 1963, Davis' Mississippi State team went 7-2-2 and defeated North Carolina State in the Liberty Bowl in Philadelphia.

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