In 1967, after Paul Davis led the Bulldogs to a 2-8 record in 1966, Charles (Charley) Shira was hired as the head football coach and athletic director at Mississippi State. He won just one game across his first two seasons in Starkville.
Shira eventually started to turn the program around and the Bulldogs went 6-5 in 1970 leading to Shira being named the SEC Coach of the Year. Ultimately, it was a fluky season because he then went 2-9 the next year and 4-7 in 1972 before resigning to focus on his duties as athletic director.
Shira never went to a bowl game and finished his tenure with a 16-45-2 record. His .270 winning percentage is the lowest of any Mississippi State head coach who coached at least 10 games. He was 5-32-2 in SEC play for a .154 winning percentage.