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OSU’s Monken Talks Jobs

by John Helsley Published: November 29, 2012
Todd Monken, like most assistants, aspires to be a head coach.
Todd Monken, like most assistants, aspires to be a head coach.

Todd Monken talked jobs the other day, specifically head coaching jobs.

He wants to be a head coach. Few assistants in the profession don’t.

Monken said he likes his current gig and he’s paid handsomely – $600,000 annually – to perform it. But he also likes the idea of leading a program. And he’s likely to become a candidate, again, just as he was a year ago. Only this time, with another year of strong resumé building at OSU, his options should be expanding. I had a story on this in Thursday’s paper, you can read it here.

On the HC topic, Monken had some fascinating and brutally honest takes (doesn’t he always?).

Here are the higlights:

On earning a promotion from coordinator to head coach:

“It’s hard enough to get a head coaching job without being a head coach. With all the money people are getting paid now, (school decision makers) don’t want to guess.

“The next step is an offensive guy who’s scoring. Put some people in the stands, exciting offense and all that. And that’s becoming more and more common. You have to take a smaller job, if you can, and win.”


On not taking just any job, but the right job:

“You’ve just got to be careful. It’s OK to wave at the neighbor lady, flirt a little bit. I don’t know if it’s across the street. Better be careful, might not want to go in the house. But it’s nice to be wanted. It’s nice to have someone tell you, ‘Hey, we want you. And here’s this amount of money. And a five-year deal. It’s your own program…’

“Everybody likes to be smoothed. Everybody likes to be wanted. And if you’re not careful, you can make an emotional decision, even if you know it’s the wrong thing.

“How many coaches have done that, taken the job and said, ‘Can I get the old one back, I screwed up?’”


On the challenges of mixing the current job, with a potential job:

“When you get involved in that, you’ve got to be thinking about staff, family, and a bunch of stuff. You’re not in focus, there’s no way you can be. We tell our players that, ‘If you come in and watch film, and you have your iPod on or you’re looking at text messages, you’re not really focused.’

“How then can you say the coaches are, if they have something on their mind? That’s what’s screwed up about our profession, you can’t control that. When opportunities come up, they don’t allow you to finish. You say, ‘Hey, can we wait?’ They say, ‘We don’t want to wait.’”

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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