Could Stockstill draw interest?

Rick Stockstill has righted the ship after last year's disastrous season and could be on the verge of putting together the best regular season in school history. Due to his team's performance so far this season, he's gotten a raise and a contract extension through 2019. With all of the good things happening on the field, fans might wonder if other programs in need of a coach have noticed.

If the Blue Raiders were to win the rest of their games, they'd post a 10-3 record for the second time in four years. The last time that happened, their head coach, Rick Stockstill, received a bit of attention for other head coaching jobs. While many don't expect Stock to be considered for any this season, if the Blue Raiders finish the season strong, expect his name to pop up quite a bit. Don't forget, this could be considered his best coaching job yet.

Rick Stockstill has had a very solid tenure at Middle Tennessee in his 7 seasons. While he doesn't boast even a .500 record over that span, he does have a conference championship, 3 bowl appearances, and one bowl victory under his belt. For those reasons, here's a list of teams that may be looking the Blue Raider's way to fill their head coaching vacancy.

The Volunteers finally pulled the plug on the Derek Dooley era, but one of their most realistic solutions may sit just down the road in Murfreesboro. While Stockstill doesn't have any direct ties to the Volunteer's program, Tennessee athletic director, Dave Hart and Stockstill do both have ties to two places, Florida State and East Carolina.

Hart worked at East Carolina, a program that Stockstill coached for before getting the Blue Raider head coaching job. Even though Hart wasn't there when ECU offered Stock their head coaching position, the connection to the school is still something worth noting.

However, there is an even deeper tie the two have. Hart was with the Florida State football program during the long Bobby Bowden tenure, and Bowden is one of Stock's biggest fans. This connection may lead you to think interest could stem from that relationship.

With a lame duck coach finishing the season for the Wildcats, its easy to assume they've already started looking for their next coach. While Kentucky has traditionally been difficult job to sustain any sort of success with, I think Stockstill would be a candidate for the challenge mainly because of his ability to do so with a Sun Belt program.

Most programs will have a few reservations before hiring a current Sun Belt head coach (since that's never been done), but the Wildcats will definitely be taking a close look at in-state rival Western Kentucky's coach, Willie Taggert. If they're willing to do that, they might as well take a look at a coach who will finish with a better record over a longer period of time.

Boston College
The Eagles haven't made it official yet, but the move may not be too far away. Current coach, Frank Spaziani, has posted a 22-28 record through three seasons, and a change may be needed soon.

Boston College's new Athletic Director, Brad Bates, has ties to the Middle Tennessee area having worked at Vanderbilt as a senior associate AD. Since the Commodores share a market with the Blue Raiders, Bates definitely knows what Stockstill is all about. Don't be surprised to see Stock on the Eagles shortlist if the job comes available.

The Maryland program has been looking for a winner for quite a while. The Terrapins' current coach, Randy Edsall has posted just 6 wins in his first two seasons, so a change may be coming in the near future. While Stockstill doesn't have any direct tie to this job, he does have a history of beating Maryland (twice actually).

With the ACC in constant flux and the Maryland program not making any progress under Edsall, Maryland could easily make a change this season, and I wouldn't doubt to see Stock on their list of candidates.

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