Monken coaching tree has many branches
If Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken ends up as Illinois' next coach, his family alone could be a big boost to ticket sales.
The Wheaton native comes from a long line of coaches in the state.
Twelve Monkens have gone into coaching. They include Monken's father and four uncles, who all became high school head coaches, and seven sons of those five brothers. That group includes Todd Monken, who played quarterback at Knox College, and his cousin, Georgia Southern head coach Jeff Monken.
``Six of them were coaching Illinois high school football at one time,'' recruiting analyst Tom Lemming told me. ``I kept running into Monkens in the '80s.''
Todd Monken, who has strong recruiting ties in the Chicago area, has shown his flair for offense at Oklahoma State this fall.
``They were OK last year,'' Lemming said. ``This year they're an elite team. He's brought them to the next level. If Illinois is going to to go for an assistant, there's not many better than him.''
Under Monken, the Cowboys' offense is averaging 49.8 points a game, second in the nation. A Jacksonville Jaguars assistant in 2007-10, Monken was LSU's passing game coordinator in 2005-06, a position he also held at Oklahoma State in 2002-04.
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