When Jeff Monken arrived for his interview during Army’s coaching search, he brought with him impressive credentials, an offensive mindset, and a driven determination. He also knew exactly what to say and when to say it.
“What you will find with Jeff is that there aren’t a whole lot of details that he doesn’t already know the answer to,” Black Knights athletic director Boo Corrigan said. “He understands what this is. He didn’t come here not to win.”
Even though he has a lot of work ahead of him to reach that point.
A week after his hire, Monken was formally introduced as Army’s new coach Monday. He is the 37th coach of the Black Knights, and inherits a program that went 3-9 this season, ending the campaign with a 34-7 loss to Navy.
Monken arrives at West Point from Georgia Southern, where he went 38-16 in four seasons.
Army ended the season on a five-game losing streak, and lost both of its games vs. other service academies, including a 42-28 defeat at Air Force.
“We’ve already begun the process of recruiting and have reached out to young men all over the country who I know will be honored to join this program and get Army football back to national prominence,” Monken said. “We will give all of our cadets and the men and women who serve a team they can be proud of.”
OHIO STATE: Coach Urban Meyer says he may know today about the availability of All-Big Ten defensive end Noah Spence, who did not travel with the team to the Orange Bowl because of a “personal issue.”
The Buckeyes are preparing to play Clemson on Friday night.
MEDIA: Tim Tebow has been hired as a college football analyst for the new SEC Network, but he still hopes to play quarterback in the NFL.
The former Florida star will appear on SEC Nation, a pregame show that will travel to a different campus each week after the channel launches in August. The multiyear deal “will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL,” ESPN, which runs the network, said in a statement Monday.