STILLWATER — Last week, Todd Monken called his parents to remind them to watch their son as a prominent character on ESPN's “Depth Chart” special about Oklahoma State football and its quarterbacks.
The Cowboys' offensive coordinator has not heard from Mom or Dad since the show aired.
Monken expects that is because of his language used on the program, as he was “bleeped” more than 20 times for profanity during the one-hour special broadcast to a national audience.
“I'm embarrassed,” Monken said. “I get excited, I'm passionate about coaching and I would never want that to be portrayed the way it was. I haven't even finished watching (the show).
“That's something that I've tried to do a better job of the last couple weeks. And yet, I don't want to stop who I am. I can't be who I'm not.”
In “Depth Chart,” Monken is depicted as a fiery, energetic coach who also happens to be the mastermind behind a high-powered OSU offense that ranks second in the nation in scoring (49.17 points per game) and total offense (551.17 yards per game).
He is also depicted as a coach who uses plenty of words that must be censored on cable television, whether it's on the practice field or in the locker room or in the coaches' booth. During one segment of practice footage that lasts about one minute, Monken is bleeped 10 times.
Spend time around any average college football program, and you'll hear a similar vocabulary, OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden said.
“It's football; it's not figure skating,” Weeden said. “You're out here and you're going to get yelled at, you're going to get your butt chewed, you're going to get cussed at. As players, we don't even blink an eye to it.
“It doesn't brother anybody, and it's not as bad as that show made it sound, I promise you. He's not like ‘F this, F that.' It's not like that all the time.”
But most college football programs do not have ESPN cameras following players and coaches around for five weeks, gathering hours of raw footage that are cut and edited together for a one-hour show.