Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has found his new offensive coordinator after Dana Holgorsen left for the odd offensive-coordinator-head-coach-in-2012 arrangement at West Virginia: Todd Monken. It's the second stint in Stillwater for Monken, who also served as offensive coordinator under then-OSU head coach Les Miles.
Monken showed diminishing returns during his first run at Oklahoma State from 2002-04. While the offense's overall yardage ticked up by three yards in 2003, the Cowboys' national rankings fell from 21st the first year of Monken tenure to 32nd the next season and then to 52nd in 2004. From there, he went to LSU with Miles before landing with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a position coach.
Cowboys Ride For Free, our Oklahoma State blog, is surprised by the move.
Didn't see this coming. I knew that he was one of the rumored candidates but I didn't think he'd be the guy. He was rumored to have some interesting things to say about how it is difficult recruiting to OSU when he jumped ship with Les Miles back in 2004...then again, at the time it was probably true. A lot has changed in six years.
In fact, Monken returns to a team that ended the year as a consensus top-15 unit after blasting Arizona in the Alamo Bowl. It now falls to Monken to keep the Oklahoma State offense, which averaged 520.2 yards a game this past season, churning out the yardage.