Source: Monken to Southern Miss

Updated: December 10, 2012, 7:07 PM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN.com

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken has agreed to become the next head football coach for Southern Miss, according to a source.

Monken replaces Ellis Johnson, who was winless in his one season.

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.

Athletic director Jeff Hammond announced the decision to fire Johnson three days after the miserable 0-12 season ended with a loss to Memphis.

"At Southern Miss we expect to compete hard and succeed both in the classroom and on the field," Hammond said in a statement. "This is not the exception.This is in fact the standard, the norm, our identity and who we are."

The decision wasn't unexpected, though it will cost the Golden Eagles. The 60-year-old Johnson is due a $2.1 million buyout over the next three seasons.

Southern Miss finished without a victory one season after a school-record 12-2 campaign that included a Conference USA championship and a win in the Hawaii Bowl. The Golden Eagles were the only team in the Football Bowl Subdivision not to win a game this year.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Joe Schad

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