Ex-Bulldogs coach Davis dies at 87

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Former Mississippi State head football coach Paul Davis, who led the Bulldogs from 1962 to 1966, has died. He was 87.

Davis died Tuesday at Bethany House, a hospice in Auburn, Ala., according to a hospice spokeswoman and an official at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika, Ala. The cause of death was not given.

Davis, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., played at Ole Miss. He was Auburn's defensive coordinator and assistant head coach under Shug Jordan from 1967 to 1975; an assistant for Doug Barfield from 1975 to 1980; and was a member of Pat Dye's staff from 1987 to 1990.

In 1963, Davis' Mississippi State team went 7-2-2 and battled North Carolina State and frigid temperatures to capture the Liberty Bowl in Philadelphia.

Davis' teams were 20-38-2 overall and 9-22-2 in the Southeastern Conference in his five seasons at Mississippi State.

During his 17-year career at Auburn, Davis coached seven All-Americans and participated in nine bowl games.

Survivors include two children and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home.