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Southern Miss introduces Todd Monken

Published 12:01am Wednesday, December 12, 2012

HATTIESBURG (AP) — Southern Miss has handed the challenge of turning the football program around Tuesday to former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

Monken became the second Golden Eagles coach in less than a year when he was introduced during a packed media conference at the Trent Lott Center on Tuesday. Ellis Johnson was fired last month following an 0-12 record in his lone season with the Golden Eagles.

In one season with Johnson, the Golden Eagles went from winning a school-record 12 games and the Conference USA championship under Larry Fedora to being the only Football Bowl Subdivision team not to win a game this year. Fedora is now the coach at North Carolina.

Monken interviewed last year, but was passed over by the search committee in favor of Johnson. This time around, it was Southern Miss’ history — one that included 18 straight winning season before this past season — that caught Monken’s attention. He has agreed in principle on a four-year deal that includes incentives and expected to be near the $700,000 salary drawn by Johnson.