A successful 2010 season on the offensive side of the ball forced Mike Gundy to replace coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who was named, at the time, West Virginia’s head coach-in-waiting.
A year later, the Oklahoma State coach could find himself in the same offensive predicament.
Gundy confirmed on Tuesday that Tulane has requested permission to speak to coordinator Todd Monken regarding their head coaching vacancy. Any interview Monken would have with Tulane officials would likely take place after the Dec. 3 Bedlam game with Oklahoma.
“They have contacted me,” Gundy said. “There’s not really anything to say other than that, but they’ve contacted us – which has become pretty routine for me this time of year. …
“Everything needs to take place at a later time. But really, what happens now, all this communication goes on between people other than the people involved. It’s people behind the scenes that do all that. We’ve just taken the preliminary part of it, and from that point on, they take it over. I won’t be involved in it any more, and to a certain extent, Todd won’t either.”
Since taking over for Holgorsen this season, the Cowboys’ high-flying offense hasn’t missed a beat, and, in fact, has been even more prolific. Under Holgorsen’s direction, OSU averaged 345.9 yards passing (second), 521.3 yards of total offense (third) and 44.2 points per game (third). With Monken in control, the Cowboys thus far are averaging 401.6 yards passing (second), 562.6 yards of total offense (third) and 49.8 per game (second).