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Berry Tramel: Todd Monken just what OSU coaching staff needs

by Berry Tramel Modified: February 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm •  Published: February 10, 2011

/articleid/3539875/1/pictures/1367568">Photo - Todd Monken, left, works with rookie receiver Andy Strickland when Monken was with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. Photo by the Florida Times-Union
Todd Monken, left, works with rookie receiver Andy Strickland when Monken was with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. Photo by the Florida Times-Union

Sounds like Mike Leach in his one year as OU's offensive coordinator, and a decade later Bob Stoops has admitted some of the turmoil that ensued.

Don't expect that with Monken, who says he will tinker only a little with OSU's offense and whatever form the offense takes will be a “collective” effort.

“The fact of the matter is, we've got good players, we've got a good place, it's not rocket science,” Monken said. “Let's go out there and field what will be Oklahoma State's offense and not one person coming in and changing it up.”

Staff cohesion is not mandatory for success. But I believe it is mandatory for sustained success. Monken seems to be a choice that will play well in the offices overlooking Boone Pickens Stadium.

Monken was very popular in his Stillwater days, and here's the proof. The coach who left OSU, Les Miles, thought enough of Monken to take him along to LSU. The coach who stayed at OSU, Gundy, thought enough of Monken to bring him back.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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