OSU OC Todd Monken Heading To Southern Miss

Monday, December 10th 2012, 6:52 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken's two-year run with the Cowboys has apparently ended.

The Hattiesburg American out of Hattiesburg, Miss., was the first to report that Monken has accepted an offer to fill the head coaching vacancy at Southern Mississippi and it is expected to be introduced on Tuesday.

And this isn't the first time Southern Miss has done this to OSU.

In 2007, USM hired Larry Fedora away from the Cowboys, who was Mike Gundy's first offensive coordinator at OSU. Fedora led the Golden Eagles to sustained success and was hired away after the 2011 season by North Carolina.

After Fedora's departure, the Eagles plummeted from 12-2 in 2011 to 0-12 in 2012, which was the worst record drop off in NCAA football history. As a result, USM fired first-year coach Ellis Johnson, who the school hired last offseason despite interviewing Monken for the job.

Monken will become the third former OSU offensive coordinator to accept a heading coaching job at Southern Miss. The others being, obviously, Fedora and also Jeff Bower. Bower served as Pat Jones' offensive coordinator at in Stillwater in 1989 before heading to USM where he coached the Eagles for 17 years and was named the "coach of the decade" by Conference USA in 2004.

Monken directed two prolific offenses in his two years in Stillwater, ranking second in the nation in scoring offense, passing offense and third in total offense in 2011. He followed that up in 2012 by guiding a young, inexperienced Cowboy offense with three different quarterbacks to NCAA ranks of No. 4 in scoring, No. 5 in passing, No. 5 in total offense and No. 22 in rushing.

It is not yet confirmed whether Monken will coach the Cowboys in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day or if he will immediately move into his head coaching responsibilities at USM.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.