Bob Tyler

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Bob Tyler
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1932-07-04) July 4, 1932 (age 82)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1966–1967
1968–1970
1971
1972
1973–1978
1981
2000–2002
Meridian HS (MS)
Ole Miss (assistant)
Alabama (assistant)
Mississippi State (OC)
Mississippi State
North Texas
Millsaps
Head coaching record
Overall 37–68–2 (college)
94–19–6 (high school)
Bowls 1–0
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Bob Tyler (born July 4, 1932) is a former American football coach. He coached in the high school and collegiate ranks.

A native of Water Valley, Mississippi, Tyler was a star athlete at Water Valley High School before entering military service. Following his term of duty at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, Tyler earned his college degrees at the University of Mississippi. He began coaching in 1955 at Water Valley High and has coached football at Okolona, Senatobia and Meridian. His high school teams played in 119 games and achieved a record of 94–19–6.

Tyler continued his career in the collegiate ranks, as receivers coach on Johnny Vaught's Ole Miss Rebel staff. He later worked as an assistant under Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama before moving to Mississippi State as offensive coordinator.

Tyler was named head coach of the Bulldogs in 1973 and led State to a 9–3 season in the tough Southeastern Conference and a victory in the 1974 Sun Bowl over North Carolina. During that season, his team beat perennial powerhouses in Georgia, and LSU. The Bulldogs' record was 6–4–1 in 1975, and it was an impressive 9–2 in 1976, ending the season ranked #20 in the AP Poll. His team compiled a 5–6 record in 1977, and he went 6–5 in his final season with the Bulldogs.

Mississippi State was placed on probation by the NCAA prior to the 1975 season due to alleged improper benefits to student athletes. The school sought and won court approval to play in an adverse legal opinion to the NCAA. Regardless and after the fact, the NCAA forced the school to forfeit most games it won in the 1975, 1976, and 1977 seasons.[1]

In 1981, Tyler coached at North Texas State University (now University of North Texas), where he went 2–9 in his only season there. Tyler then went on to coach at Northwest Mississippi Community College and Oxford High School in the 1980s. He was named Director of Mississippi State Parks, Wildlife and Fisheries and served in that capacity from 1992 to 1996. He also served as head coach of Millsaps Majors from 2000 until his retirement in 2002. His later-life hobbies include attending antique fairs regionally with his wife, Dale.

Tyler is recipient of numerous Coach of the Year awards on the high school and college levels. He also served as assistant and head coach of the Mississippi High School All-Star football games in 1966 and 1967.

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Mississippi State Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (1973–1978)
1973 Mississippi State 4–5–2 2–5 T–8th
1974 Mississippi State 9–3 3–3 T–4th W Sun 17 17
1975 Mississippi State 2–9+ 0–6+ T–9th
1976 Mississippi State 0–11++ 0–6++ T–9th 20
1977 Mississippi State 0–11+++ 0–6+++ T–9th
1978 Mississippi State 6–5 2–4 T–7th
Mississippi State: 21–44–2^ 7–30^
North Texas State Eagles (NCAA Division I-A Independent) (1981)
1981 North Texas State 2–9
North Texas State: 2–9
Millsaps Majors (Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) (2000–2002)
2000 Millsaps 5–5 2–4 6th
2001 Millsaps 6–4 3–3 4th
2002 Millsaps 3–6 1–5 T–6th
Millsaps: 14–15 6–12
Total: 37–68–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

+ The 1975 team finished with a record of 6–4–1 (1-4-1 SEC) before NCAA probation
++ The 1976 team finished with a record of 9-3 (4-2 SEC) before NCAA probation
+++ The 1977 team finished with a record of 5-6 (2-4 SEC) before NCAA probation
^ Adjusted from 39-25-3 (14-22-1 SEC) by the NCAA[2][3]

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