Derek Mason named head coach at Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee named Derek Mason as its 15th head football coach in the program’s history on Wednesday.Mason was signed to a five-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Blue Raiders.Mason, 54, takes over in place of Rick Stockstill, who was fired on Nov. 27 after 18 seasons at the school. The Blue Raiders finished 4-8 this season and were 113-111 in his tenure with 10 bowl appearances (4-6 record).”This is an emotional moment for me,” Mason said in a release by the school. “This is the house that Rick Stockstill built and he left good bones and a strong foundation. He did a lot to raise and encourage these young men and help them take the journey. Now, that responsibility has been passed down to me. It’s about winning and making sure we can do everything we can to resource our student athletes in a way to make them successful both on and off the field.”It’s been an exhausting journey, but I appreciate Dr. (Sidney A.) McPhee and (athletic director) Chris Massaro for giving me this opportunity. Now we have to attack the challenge of Conference USA and I can’t wait to get started.”