Big 12: Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Now, he's the head coach at Southern Miss, a source told ESPN's Joe Schad.
That, as they say, is how it's done.
Monken accepted the head-coaching job in Hattiesburg, the path taken recently by another notable Oklahoma State offensive coordinator, Larry Fedora, who's now the head coach at North Carolina. Monken replaces Ellis Johnson, who went 0-12 in his first and only season with the Golden Eagles.
From our news story:
The last three Oklahoma State offensive coordinators have gotten excellent head coaching jobs -- Larry Fedora went to UNC, while Dana Holgorsen is coaching at West Virginia.
Monken returned to the Cowboys in 2009 after four years coaching the Jacksonville Jaguars receivers. He had previously been an assistant at Oklahoma State for three years under former coach Les Miles.
Monken's honesty and candor made him one of the league's best interviews. He'll certainly be missed in that respect, but he picked up where Holgorsen left off, making Oklahoma State the nation's No. 3 offense a year ago with Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, and kept the Pokes in the top five this season, despite two quarterbacks suffering injuries and leaving OSU down to third-stringer Clint Chelf.
OSU's OC spot is clearly the road to a head-coaching job, so you can bet Mike Gundy will have no shortage of suitors to fill Monken's position.
Southern Miss beat the Cougars 49-28 in Houston, knocking the Cougars out of any contention to play in a BCS bowl. Houston entered Saturday No. 6 in the BCS standings and would have secured a BCS bowl berth with a win.
Could that berth be filled by Kansas State or the loser of Bedlam, which kicks off in about four hours?
There's definitely a chance. Two-loss Kansas State leads, 23-20, in the fourth quarter and still needs to take care of business against Iowa State, which is holding its own in Manhattan, Kan.
The margin of victory between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State certainly matters, and a two-loss Oklahoma State team would probably be more likely to qualify than a three-loss Oklahoma team.
There's no guarantees, and the bowl picture is definitely cloudy, but there's one spot freed up on college football's biggest stage.
As what many consider the game's second-best conference, the Big 12 ought to have an opportunity to fill it.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
I've already received a bunch of letters from readers -- and not just from Baylor fans -- wondering what Phil Steele was smoking when he picked another freshman quarterback in front of Baylor's Robert Griffin for his first-team freshman All-America team.
Steele's magazine is a must-buy for me every season and I find myself checking his Web site regularly for updates. This guy knows his stuff and I'm not going to argue with his choice of Kellen Moore of Boise State in front of Griffin.
But I will place the statistics of the freshmen quarterbacks who ranked among the top 75 nationally in pass efficiency and let you make your own determination.
I think Steele was right, although Griffin makes a strong argument.
I'm curious what the readers think.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
6:20 4th Qtr South Alabama 21 Bowling Green 27 Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State