Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Mike Gundy mines NFL to find his new OC
By David Ubben
Oklahoma State has finally found its new offensive coordinator.
The university announced that coach Mike Gundy will hand his offense to Todd Monken, who spent the past four years in the NFL as a receivers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He previously coached quarterbacks for the Jaguars.
Before leaving for Jacksonville, he coached receivers at Oklahoma State from 2002-04, including Cowboys greats Rashaun and D'Juan Woods.
"Todd is a really good fit for what we need," Gundy said in a release. "He's been in the Big 12 and SEC, and he's coached at places that have won at a high level. He's an experienced, intelligent coach who will be able to come in and help us pick up where we left off. We're excited to have him join our staff."
His hiring ends a long wait for the Cowboys, who have been without an offensive coordinator since after their bowl game on Dec. 29. On Dec. 14, Holgorsen announced he would leave Oklahoma State to become the offensive coordinator at West Virginia, and take over as head coach for Bill Stewart in 2012. Holgorsen stayed on staff through the bowl game before leaving.
Monken won't bring the name recognition that Holgorsen did a year ago, but he's a coach that Gundy knows and clearly trusts. With the amount of talent Monken will have to work with, including five returning offensive linemen, All-Big 12 quarterback Brandon Weeden and Biletnikoff Award-winning receiver Justin Blackmon, he'll have the tools to make Oklahoma State a high-powered offense like it was in 2010.