2007 Samford Bulldogs football
In November 2006 Sullivan was offered the head coaching jobs at both UAB and Samford, choosing the Bulldogs over the Blazers. In his first season as head coach, the Bulldogs compiled a 4-7 record with wins over West Alabama, Presbyterian, Southeast Missouri State, and Watson Brown's Tennessee Tech. They finished in 7th place in the Ohio Valley Conference. In 2008, the Bulldogs moved to the Southern Conference.
 Season standings
- August 30: Defeated West Alabama 23-21 before a crowd of 10,483 at Seibert Stadium.
- September 8: Lost at Georgia Tech 14-69.
- September 13: Defeated Presbyterian College 34-24 at home.
- September 22: Defeated Southeast Missouri 26-21 at home.
- September 29: Lost at Eastern Kentucky 20-43.
- October 13: Lost at UT Martin 21-31.
- October 20: Lost to Austin Peay 25-28 at home.
- October 27: Won at Tennessee Tech 59-52.
- November 3: Lost to Jacksonville State 12-24 at home.
- November 8: Lost to Tennessee State 28-38 at home.
- November 17: Lost at Eastern Illinois 17-33.
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- 2007 Statistics at Ohio Valley Conference website