What have you heard regarding the rumor that Wes Lunt is leaving the team?
Ahhh ... rumors. Don't you love them? Our man Berry Tramel talked to Wes Lunt's dad yesterday, who said that Wes was obviously disappointed Monken left, but that there wouldn't be any decisions made until a new OC is brought in. Again, if Gundy continues to run the Air Raid, Lunt is still the best fit for the system and I think would be the front-runner to start in 2013.
Do you believe that there will be any football staff turnover during the offseason or will a new offensive coordinator be the only change?
That's a good question. Someone asked if Monken would bring any OSU guys with him to Southern Miss, but here's the thing: OSU assistants are paid really, really well. Monken made $600K as the OC. To put it in perspective, new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell made $300K as the head coach at Kent State. I don't know if Monken could afford to bring anybody with him and pay them competitively with what they make at OSU. But, of course, there's always a chance someone gets offered a new opportunity.
How many frowning emoticons did you want to use when you were writing about losing Monken?
Haha. Anybody who follows this team knows how much the media loves Monken. Not just because he often gives quotes that make you laugh, but he is one of the most honest coaches I've ever been around. That's so rare when interviewees give vanilla answers or clichés or are afraid to tell reporters anything. Monken will tell you exactly what's going on. That was always appreciated, and will be missed. A media member who covers Southern Miss shot me the following text last night: "Mr. Monken is a hoot." You don't say.
Do you believe Luke Del Rio would have signed with OK State if Monken had stayed or was Del Rio always a recruit that likely wouldn't have honored his verbal commitment?
By the middle of the season, I started to think that I would be very surprised if he wound up in Stillwater. OSU had two freshman quarterbacks playing well, and then a third in Chelf. He took a visit to Oregon State and reduced his commitment to a "soft" verbal.
Even if Monken had stayed, I would have betted on Del Rio eventually changing his mind. Some fans will say they don't want a guy that doesn't want to compete, and this season obviously showed the need for more than one solid quarterback, but QB is obviously such a rare position. Only one can play at a time. So as a high schooler, you want to find a good program, but you want to find a place you can legitimately play. It likely would be quite a while before he could play at OSU, unless Lunt AND Walsh left.