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Mississippi State's Jackie Sherrill to retire at end of season

Updated: October 17, 2003, 8:19 PM ET

JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill will retire at the end of the season, ending speculation about the future of the school's winningest coach.

Sherrill posted a letter on the school's athletic Web site Friday, saying he told Mississippi State president Charles Lee and athletic director Larry Templeton about his decision earlier this week.

"I feel this advance notice gives the administration ample time to hire a new head football coach and make sure the football program ...

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