South Carolina fans are furious that Army's Jeff Monken is a candidate for Gamecocks' coaching job
Ever since South Carolina fired coach Will Muschamp, a number of names have been mentioned as his potential replacement.
Some are more far-fetched than others, as it’s unlikely the Gamecocks (or anyone, for that matter) will land guys like Urban Meyer and Bob Stoops. Liberty’s Hugh Freeze, Oklahoma OC Shane Beamer, Louisiana’s Billy Napier and others are more realistic as options.
One name that has surfaced is Army’s Jeff Monken, who has used the triple-option to great success at West Point (including a 7-2 record so far this year). Let’s just say that style, which Monken may not even use if he were to come to South Carolina, is not very popular with Gamecock fans.
As you can see below, there have been several furious tweets from fans about Monken’s name being potentially connected to the South Carolina job:
Live look at Columbia 2 days after the Gamecocks hiring of Jeff Monken pic.twitter.com/PtOBsxvoMX
— Rob Gregory (@rob3gregory) November 23, 2020
My preference in coaching candidates, ranked:
1. Shane Beamer
2. Billy Napier
3. Jamey Chadwell
4. Literally anyone else
5. Bring back Muschamp
6. Disband the football program
7. Jeff Monken.
— Jake Leyland (@ITSJAKELEYLAND) November 23, 2020
South Carolina is not going to hire Jeff Monken. Stop it.
— The Spurs Up Show (@TheSpursUpShow) November 23, 2020
South Carolina fans saying they are out if Gamecocks hire #JeffMonken is comical. If he wins 8-10 games a year…y’all will be back. Bet that. Rumors get folks talking all kind of crazy.
— Frank Sulkowski WJCL (@TheBigGuyWJCL) November 23, 2020
If you hire Jeff Monken @Bob_Caslen you will lose this fan base and be run out of town
— Fifth Quarter South Carolina 🤙🏻 (@FQSouthCarolina) November 23, 2020
Hey @Bob_Caslen @RayTannerSC, I'm gonna go ahead and speak for the whole fanbase and say not a single one of us wants Jeff Monken as our coach! Hire Napier or Beamer, be done with it, and let's get to recruiting!
— Garnet Over Everybody (@GamecockPride01) November 23, 2020
— Stephen M Bennett (@stephen_bennett) November 23, 2020
I firmly believe the Jeff Monken rumor is just smoke by Caslen to help his old friend get a better contract at Army
— Atlanta Sports Guy (@Atlantasportguy) November 23, 2020
Jeff Monken will not be hired here, simply a PR stunt to get more people on the Shane Train 👍
— The Gamecock Insider (@InsiderGamecock) November 23, 2020
We’ll see where South Carolina goes with its coaching search, but it seems fans want the school to move on from Monken as quickly as possible.