Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Tuesday that Tulane has contacted him about offensive coordinator Todd Monken in regards to the school's head coaching vacancy.
“They have contacted me,” Gundy said. “There's not really anything to say other than that. But they've contacted us, which has become pretty routine this time of year for me, so I'm getting good at it.”
Gundy's previous two offensive coordinators have moved on to become head coaches. Larry Fedora was hired by Southern Mississippi in 2007 and Dana Holgorsen went to West Virginia in 2010.
“I worry about losing every guy on my staff, to be honest with you,” Gundy said. “We do everything we can to keep them. Our administration has been tremendous in that area. But everybody has to do what's best for their family.”
A report from the New Orleans Times-Picayune surfaced late Monday night that two sources said Monken and former Miami of Ohio coach Michael Haywood are “two candidates getting much consideration” for the Tulane job after Rich Rodriguez was hired at Arizona. Bob Toledo resigned as Tulane's coach last month, and co-offensive coordinator Mark Hutson has been seriving as interim coach.
Monken, who returned to OSU this season after serving as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach under Les Miles from 2002-04, has never been a head coach but has had two previous coaching stints in Louisiana. He was the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach for LSU from 2005-06 and was the running backs coach, wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Louisiana Tech from 2000-01.
“Everything needs to take place at a later time,” Gundy said of where the process goes from here. “But really, what happens now, all this communication goes on between people other than the people involved. It's people behind the scenes that do all that.
“We've just taken the preliminary part of it, and from that point on, they take it over. I won't be involved in it anymore, and to a certain extent, Todd won't either.”
COWBOYS ATTEND BUDKE, SERNA MEMORIAL
Sitting in the front row of Gallagher-Iba Arena on Monday afternoon for the public memorial service for OSU women's basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant Miranda Serna and Olin and Paula Branstetter was Gundy and members of his coaching staff.
Taking up the entire section behind the coaches were many of the Cowboy football players, showing their support for the school and their fellow athletes.
“We just really wanted to all be there for the other athletes, the girls basketball team,” OSU wide receiver Justin Blackmon said. “We just wanted to show our support and come out and show the families that we were there for them if they need anything.”
Said OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden: “Any time you have a setting like that — when it hits home like it did, with being so close to the football program and everything that surrounds it — it was going to be tough. I thought they handled it very well. I thought (interim coach Jim) Littell did a great job in his speech. And everybody that spoke, (OSU athletic director Mike) Holder, (OSU president Burns) Hargis, everybody went up there and did a great job.”
INJURY UPDATE: MICHAEL HARRISON CLOSE TO RETURNING
Wide receiver Michael Harrison, who has missed the past two games with a sprained ankle, practiced in limited fashion Tuesday but should be back to full speed by next week, Gundy said.
Harrison, a sophomore, has 18 catches for 229 yards and three touchdowns this season.