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Stockstill optimistic about future after a crazy 13 months

Fifty-three year old Rick Stockstill has experienced the highs and lows of the coaching profession over the last thirteen months.

A New Orleans Bowl win capped a 10-win season for MTSU in 2009, but the Blue Raiders finished just 6-7 in 2010.

Six different coordinators…Tony Franklin packed up the family station-wagon for the land of Sonny Dykes. Mike Schultz lasted just one year. Now, Stockstill has turned over the offense to Willie Simmons.

Defensively, Manny Diaz hopped in his truck and bolted for Starkvegas. Randall McCray lasted just one season. Now, Stockstill has turned over the defense to Steve Ellis.

There were potential job opportunities. A year ago, Stockstill talked with athletic directors at Memphis and East Carolina regarding their head coaching job. Not driven by money, Stockstill opted to remain at MTSU.

Stockstill explained to The Tennessean, "No regrets. None whatsoever. I didn't get into this business for money. We all want to make as much money as we can, but to me — and this sounds cliché — I'm not finished here. We're not finished here, and I'm not satisfied."

"My vision is so bright and so optimistic. I just believe we can achieve great things here. We've gone to three bowls in five years. We're doing good things in academics. I just feel like I'm impacting these kids' lives and I feel like I'm having a positive effect on them. So the money will come. But that stuff does not drive me."

In 2011, Stockstill will enter his 6th season as head coach with two new coordinator and a non-conference schedule that includes at Purdue, Georgia Tech, Memphis, and at Tennessee.