Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE
Todd Monken has always thought that he was the man. Now he has the opportunity to prove it. The week after Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy was rumored to be heading off to a number of other jobs it was actually Monken, OSU's offensive coordinator, who landed a new gig.
Todd Monken will be introduced today as the new head coach of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. The last two season in Stillwater have been some of the most productive in the history of the Oklahoma State football program, as far as offense is concerned. Monken had no problem taking credit for that, nor should he. His arrival on the OSU campus coincided with Brandon Weeden's senior year, along with Justin Blackmon's junior campaign. The two teamed up to become one of the better quarterback/wide receiver combos in the nation and led the Cowboys to their first ever Big 12 championship.
Monken followed that 2011 season up with seeing his OSU offense ranked number one in the conference in scoring offense (44.7 PPG) despite having to use three different quarterbacks during the season. There's no questioning his ingenuity, when it comes to devising offensive game plans the guy clearly knows what he's doing. You can, however, question his decision making when it comes to shutting his mouth.
"It didn't take long when ol' (Ryan) Broyles went down and (Oklahoma) started running (Blake Bell) to think, ‘Do we have our guy?' That didn't take long," Monken said. "Landry Jones went from like, 'I'm the man,' to all of a sudden, 'I haven't thrown a touchdown pass (and) I'm fumbling it over my head at Oklahoma State. I gotta go back and see my quarterback guru.' "
As if wearing the color orange wasn't enough of a reason for Oklahoma fans to have a strong dislike for the guy, calling out college kids publicly was more than enough.
Now Monken takes his ingenuity and circus of the mouth to a new state and will try to work his magic. He inherits a team that was the only school in the FBS to not win a game this season so things certainly aren't going to come easy for him. Who knows, perhaps it'll teach him a little humility in the process.