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April 4, 2011
Dienhart: Best Big Six assistant hires
"This is great," says Monken, who was hired off the staff of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. "The people here are tremendous, beginning with [coach] Mike [Gundy]. Everything is top-notch.
"And we have some talent to work with, too."
Monken, who was hired after Dana Holgorsen left to become coach-in-waiting at West Virginia, inherits quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who each should be among the best in the nation at their position.
Monken also inherits an attack that led the Big 12 and ranked third in the nation in scoring (44.3 ppg). The Cowboys ranked second in the country in passing (345.9 ypg) and third overall (520.2 ypg).
Monken knows the landscape of Stillwater. He was a receivers coach at Oklahoma State from 2002-04 under Les Miles, whom he followed to LSU before leaving for the NFL. Monken spent the past four seasons coaching receivers with the Jaguars, who had promoted him to quarterback coach right before he left for Oklahoma State.
"Todd is a really good fit for what we need," Gundy said when the hire was announced in February. "He's been in the Big 12 and SEC, and he's coached at places that have won at a high level. He's an experienced, intelligent coach who will be able to come in and help us pick up where we left off. We're excited to have him join our staff."
Monken was one of the top assistant hires in the offseason. Following is a look at the top five assistant hires in each of the Big Six conferences; the coaches are listed alphabetically.