Georgia Southern’s Monken heading to Army

Jeff Monken is the new coach at Army.

Army hired Monken away from Georgia Southern today, it was announced. He’ll be introduced with a media conference on Monday.

“I am thrilled to accept the head coaching position at West Point,” Monken said in a release. “Not only is the United States Military Academy one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, it boasts one of the nation’s richest, most historic traditions in all of college football. I am anxious to get started…meet our players, put our coaching staff in place, and begin preparations for the 2014 football season.”

Monken has extensive experience with the triple-option offense and led the FCS with 399.4 yards rushing a game in 2012.

Monken led Georgia Southern to a 38-16 record in four seasons, reaching the FCS semifinals in 2010, ‘11 and ‘12.

Georgia Southern finished 7-4 while transitioning to the FBS Sun Belt Conference this season, but shocked Florida 26-20 on Nov. 23.

Monken replaces Rich Ellerson, who was 3-9 this season and 20-41 in five seasons at Army, which lost 12 consecutive games to Navy.

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December 30th, 2013
5:34 pm

G.A.T.A. Eagles next year!!

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Anton Chigurh

December 30th, 2013
11:35 am

Colorado, if you cannot put it better than Arizona’s illogical stream of conscious, then you both should re-enroll immediately.


December 28th, 2013
6:24 pm

Arizona Eagle I could not have said it better!!! Well put………GATA….. Go Eagles……


December 28th, 2013
11:14 am

“What bowls are Marshall and Troy going to? Thanks for not listening to your fanbase genius.”

Marshall beat Maryland Friday…as for Troy they got left out so they stay home wit Florida

Arizona Eagle

December 28th, 2013
12:11 am

Anton. My apologies for using multiple exclamation points. I am a very passionate Eagle fan. I got my degree from Ga. Southern in the early 90s and was lucky enough to see my team, my school, take on these larger than life football programs and not just show up but compete in these games.

I met my wife, a UCLA grad, and when we talked about our schools I told her about what a special place Ga. Southern is. She thought I was referring to a rail road. I’m serious Anton. A freaking rail road! I explained that Ga. Southern was, in fact, not a rail road but a pretty good school w. a really good football team. Then I took her to see the Eagles play Oregon State in Corvalis, OR and wouldn’t you know it Anton, those Eagles and Adrian Peterson came within an eyelash of winning the damn game! You should have heard the comments made by the OSU fans afterward. They had no idea who the hell we were. But you can bet they know now. My wife was amazed as this was the same Oregon St. team that beat her beloved Bruins and Southern had them on the ropes only to lose in the final play of the game.

Are we making this move to FBS for publicity? You bet we are. You know why Anton? Because we can play with these schools. When we get those additional D-1 scholarships we’ll be on a level playing field with these other schools too. How many FCS championships do you want to win? We’ve already got six of them. Search yourself Anton. Let’s look at it this way. If you had a son/daughter that was pretty good at tennis and won a lot of tournaments as a teenager, would you want your child to keep playing with teenagers as time passed by or move up and play in the 20-30 year old bracket? It’s time to move on Anton. We cannot remain static and stay in the FCS. Hell the school is too damn big already. Every time I go back to the ‘boro I am amazed at how big the campus has grown and these new students just saw us beat Florida. Can you imagine telling these students – “hey kids, I know it’s exciting we just beat the Gators, but guess what, we’ve got a schedule next year that you’re not gonna believe! First we play Savannah St. Then we move on to Samford, then it’s the always tough Coastal Carolina, and then…..”. You get the picture. Brooks Keel and others close to the program have recognized this already in a time study. The decision is that we simply cannot play in the FCS forever. The landscape of college football has changed and Ga. Southern is changing with it.


December 27th, 2013
10:28 pm

“What bowls are Marshall and Troy going to? Thanks for not listening to your fanbase genius.”

None, but UCF is going to the Fiesta. That’s a school Ga Southern played for 11 years and went 10 and 1 against. They moved up and Southern didn’t.
What BCS bowl is UGA playing in?
I don’t think the Sun Belt is Southern’s ultimate destination but the fist step of a rather long journey. Lets see where the Eagles are in 10, 20 or 30 years.

gsu atl

December 27th, 2013
4:32 pm

Whenever I hear the don’t move up rhetoric… I always ask.. if it’s such a mistake why do you never hear any programs like the ones you mention move back down to fcs? There is no rule that says they can’t. The Marshalls, Tulanes, and others want to be fbs, just like southern. I saw a Wake Forest game on tv this year that had less than 20000 fans in attendance, don’t you think they should move down? For some people the only schools that matter are in the sec…


December 27th, 2013
12:46 pm

Maybe the next time GSU gets their guy they will have a large buy out. Contracts protect both parties.

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