Big 12: Southern Miss Golden Eagles

OK State's Monken to coach Southern Miss

December, 10, 2012
Two seasons ago, Todd Monken was an NFL position coach.

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.

Second Big 12 team crashing the BCS?

December, 3, 2011
Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora might be a Big 12 coach a month from now, but he's already done the league a big favor by knocking off Houston in the Conference USA title game.

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.

Who beat out Robert Griffin as the nation's best freshman QB?

December, 22, 2008

Posted by'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.

By the Numbers: Freshmen Quarterbacks at a Glance
Name, schoolAttCompPctIntPass TDPass YdsRatingRush YdsRush TDW-L
Kellen Moore,
Boise State
370 259 70.0 9 25 3264 161.5 -20 1 12-0
Robert Griffin,
267 160 59.9 3 15 2091 142.0 843 13 4-8
Russell Wilson,
N.C. State
252 139 55.2 1 16 1769 134.3 342 4 6-6
Chandler Harnish,
No. Illinois
171 98 57.3 7 7 1342 128.6 478 4 6-6
Austin Davis,
Southern Miss
454 261 57.5 8 23 3128 128.6 508 9 7-6
Bo Levi Mitchell,
410 236 57.6 23 24 2865 124.4 -140 1 1-11
Note: Statistics are complete through games of Sunday night.

I think Steele was right, although Griffin makes a strong argument.

I'm curious what the readers think.



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