By MTN Sports Reporter: Dixon Riggins
MTSU athletic director Chris Massaro informed head coach Rick Stockstill that he has been relieved of his head coaching position after 18 seasons with the program, MTSU athletics announced this morning.
"This is one of the most difficult days in my tenure, but one I feel is necessary for our aspiration to compete and win championships," said Massaro on the decision. “Because of his leadership, our student-athletes have performed at a high level in the classroom, have dedicated time and energy to supporting our community, and have given us countless hours of dedication to being successful on the football field.”
Stockstill was hired in December of 2005 and amassed a 113-111 record over his 18-year stint with the team. He won one conference championship, which came in his first season in 2006, when the Blue Raiders tied with Troy for the Sun Belt title. During their stint in Conference USA, he only managed to win one division title in 2018, where they were defeated by UAB 27-25 at Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium.
He led the Blue Raiders to 10 bowl game appearances going 4-6 in such games. The Blue Raiders went 1-13 against ranked opponents and failed to make the Top 25 during his tenure.
The Blue Raiders will be looking to hire a new head coach as the coaching carousel begins across college football.
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