Stockstill Not Taking ECU Job

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — East Carolina’s next coach won’t be Rick Stockstill. Stockstill, who led Middle Tennessee to a 10-3 record and win over Southern Mississippi in the New Orleans Bowl in 2009, announced Tuesday he has withdrawn his name from East Carolina’s coaching search. Stockstill says he’s “humbled and appreciative” of East Carolina’s interest but felt it would be inappropriate to leave Middle Tennessee with two weeks left before national signing day. Stockstill is 27-23 in four seasons at Middle Tennessee and has twice been named Sun Belt Conference coach of the year. Previously he was an assistant at South Carolina. East Carolina is looking to fill the vacancy left by Skip Holtz, who was hired by South Florida on Thursday.