Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken has not interviewed for Illinois job

OSU FOOTBALL — Contrary to multiple reports, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken has not interviewed for the Illinois head coaching job. Monken told The Oklahoman he is in Houston recruiting for OSU and has not been contacted.
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: December 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm •  Published: December 6, 2011

Monken replaced Dana Holgorsen, who left OSU after one season in Stillwater for the opportunity to become the head coach at West Virginia. He previously coached wide receivers for the Cowboys from 2002-04, before leaving with Les Miles for LSU. He was entering his fifth season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, before Gundy lured him back to Stillwater, where he’s paid $400,000 annually.

Monken has also been connected to job openings at Tulane and Memphis, but declined opportunities at both schools. He figures to be a popular addition to other lists, as is the trend with successful offensive-minded coaches.

The recruiting impact of a potential Monken departure is difficult to gauge, although Lunt said he may have to reconsider his options in such a scenario.

“I’d sit back and think about it,” Lunt said in a story in The State Journal-Register of Springfield. “That’s a tough one. I really don’t know. I’ve not thought about it.

“I would definitely take it one step at a time.”

Lunt attended OSU’s 44-10 Bedlam rout of Oklahoma and came away impressed.

“It was unbelievable,” he told Scout.com. “It was my first game and all I can say is amazing. That is all I can think to say.”

Lunt passed for 3,650 yards with 30 touchdowns – despite missing four games with an injury – in leading Rochester to a second-straight Class 4A state championship. Lunt is considering enrolling at OSU in January.

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