After an off-season that saw his name featured prominently in the 'coaching carousel' rumor mill, Jed Stugart is staying put at the University of Sioux Falls.

The school confirming the news with a press release Monday, saying Stugart will be back on the Cougars' sideline for a seventh season in 2016.

In the release, Stugart said:

I am excited about the future of our program. We have big goals ahead and will continue our drive to win a championship while continuing to thrive both in competition and the classroom.

The announcement comes a week after Stugart's name was mentioned as a finalist for the head coaching job at Austin Peay of the FCS. Stugart acknowledges that he did interview for the position:

Sometimes, you have a chance to look at options at a higher level. I think is a complement to our program and the tremendous young men who are part of it that other universities are looking at our success and interested in what we do.

In six seasons at USF, Stugart's teams have gone 34-10, continuing a tradition of 22 straight winning seasons for the Cougars.

The 2015 Sioux Falls football team finished 9-3 and qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time in school history, losing 23-16 at Henderson State (AR) in round one.