That helps explain why quarterback Luke Del Rio decommitted from OSU the day after Monken departed for Southern Miss. Monken was also the quarterbacks coach, and Del Rio's family is close with the Monkens because of Todd's time working for Luke's father, Jack, on the Jacksonville Jaguars' staff.
But that also helps explain why, despite one key moving part and a couple other staff questions, OSU's 2013 recruiting class has largely remained intact.
The rest of the position coaches have, at least for now, stayed together.
Since the end of Gundy's part of the coaching cycle, the Cowboys have gotten two commitments — defensive back Taylor Lewis and junior college defensive end Sam Wren — and lost one in defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. Wren, as well as offensive lineman Brandon Garrett, signed with the Cowboys last week.
That group of commits includes five offensive skill players in Ross, receivers Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples, running back Corion Webster and athlete Jerel Morrow.
Additionally, Laquon Treadwell, the top receiver recruit in the nation, has OSU in his top 3 and will visit Stillwater next month because Gundy did not leave, he told Rivals.com.
The stretch run of recruiting always features surprises. But OSU's coaching questions haven't caused much upheaval so far.
Because Gundy and those position coaches keep preaching the status quo.