By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslaterIn the big business world of college football, with pressure constantly mounting, most coaches have continued to limit access and tone down comments.
But most coaches aren’t Todd Monken.
The Oklahoma State offensive coordinator has become a media darling the past two years, carrying incredible football knowledge that’s skyrocketed him to the top of most head coaching candidacy lists and an open filter that’s never heard (or cared) about the phrase bulletin board.
The topic this week across the state of Oklahoma? Bedlam.
And Monken’s opinion on OU and the rivalry, as always, was entertaining.
“The bottom line is we live in the Sooner state, and that alone pisses you off quite a bit,” Monken said. “They are the team down the road that’s traditionally put itself in position to win championships. That pisses you off, because you want to be that team. And the reality is you have to listen to it year-round how great it is down there. So the reality is, you want to be the champ, you got to beat the champ. That’s what you do. That’s the way it is. You got to go in there and play physical, outplay them and outcoach them.”
Monken and the Cowboys did it last year at home, swiping the Big 12 title with a 44-10 stomping in Stillwater. And they’ll get a chance to back that up Saturday in Norman, when the latest Bedlam chapter unfolds.
But reality is, this long-time rivalry is year-round, with recruiting battles and fan feuds taking place in a state without a professional team.
“We share the same space,” Monken said. “It’s two rivals. You got to be kidding me. You’re sharing the same airwaves, sharing the same everything. And you don’t want to share it. I know they don’t want to share it. They don’t want to hear about Oklahoma State, and I sure as hell don’t want to hear about them.”
But don’t mistake Monken’s candid disdain as a lack of respect.
He knows the kind of team OU has. And he knows the monumental effort it will take to go into Norman on Saturday and silence the school he can’t stand.
“Well, you can say well West Virginia (played them close),” Monken said. “But they didn’t win the game. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t compare us to Kansas just because we only beat them by three or four points. No, they won the game, they’ve only lost two games, to the number one team in the country and the number five team. So we’ll find out this week, on the road, what we are.”