It appears that Urban Meyer doesn’t have to worry about losing yet another coordinator after all.
FootballScoop.com tweeted Sunday afternoon that Georgia Southern head coach Jeff Monken “will accept the Army head job.” Shortly thereafter, Sal Interdonato of the Times Herald-Record tweeted that “Army [is] expected to name Georgia Southern’s Jeff Monken next head coach.”
As the two sides are apparently still working out contractual details, an official announcement from the service academy may not come until later in the week.
Monken, a cousin of Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken, has spent the past four seasons at Georgia Southern, leading the Eagles into the FCS playoffs his first three years with the program. He has a connection to service academies as well, serving as an assistant at rival Navy from 2002-07.
In November of this year, Monken’s Eagles went into Gainesville and embarrassed Florida in a 26-20 win. It was the first time in the 100-plus-year history of the program that Gators had lost to a team from the FCS level.
Along with Monken, Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner was considered a favorite to land the job. Warriner was an assistant at Army from 1987-99.
UPDATED 3:39 p.m. ET: Apparently, Monken’s expected hiring may have been a case of premature speculation based on a tweet from SI.com‘s Pete Thamel.
SOURCE: Army has not yet made a decision on its next football coach.—
Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) December 22, 2013
So, there’s that. Stay tuned, I suppose.