Allyn McKeen Could Have Been One of the SEC Greats

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 08: Head coach Steve Spurrier watches on against the Kentucky Wildcats during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Allyn McKeen coached at Mississippi State from 1939-1948. He had a record of 65-19-3 with a SEC Championship in 1941 and was the 1940 SEC Coach of the Year. His winning percentage was .747, which ranks him among some of the greatest coaches in SEC history....but he retired at age 43 before he could rack up more accomplishments. What if McKeen had remained the head coach at State? How much would he have won? Would he have his name listed among the greatest coaches of all time - listed below...

1. Bear Bryant - Kentucky: 60-23-5, Alabama: 232-46-9; Total: 292-69-14 .808 (6 National Championships, 14 SEC Championships, 28 bowl games, 12x SEC Coach of the Year)

2. Steve Spurrier - Florida: 122-27-1, South Carolina: 55-35, Total: 177-62-1 .738 (1 National Championship, 6 SEC Championships, 17 bowl games, 7x SEC Coach of the Year)

3. Bob Neyland - Tennessee: 173-31-12 .801 (1 National Championship, 5 SEC Championships, 7 bowl games, 4x SEC Coach of the Year)

4. Vince Dooley - Georgia: 201-77-10 .698 (1 National Championship, 6 SEC Championships, 20 bowl games, 5x SEC Coach of the Year)

5. Johnny Vaught - Mississippi: 190-61-12 .722 (1 National Championship, 6 SEC Championships, 18 bowl games, 6x SEC Coach of the Year)

6. Nick Saban - LSU: 48-16, Alabama: 55-12, Total: 103-28 .786 (3 National Championships, 3 SEC Championships, 10 bowl games, 3x SEC Coach of the Year)

7. Pat Dye - Auburn: 99-39-4 .697 (4 SEC Championships, 9 bowl games, 3x SEC Coach of the Year)

8. Shug Jordan - Auburn: 175-83-7 .660 (1 National Championship, 1 SEC Championship, 12 bowl games, 4x SEC Coach of the Year)

Tennessee does claim 4 NC's during Neyland's era, and Ole Miss claims 3 under Vaught, but I went by the NCAA recognized national championships.

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