Strong candidate reportedly emerges for Vanderbilt opening
A name previously linked to the South Carolina job is being talked as a potential SEC coach again.
Steven N. Goddfrey Jr. is reporting that Army’s Jeff Monken is a “very strong candidate” for the Vanderbilt job. South Carolina fans memorably did not respond well when Monken was linked to the Gamecocks vacancy, which has since been filled by Shane Beamer.
Monken runs the triple option offense. Some members of college football media have publicly opined that due to Vanderbilt’s disadvantages on the recruiting trail compared to the rest of the SEC, the Commodores might be best suited to go with the triple option as it would give opposing defensive coordinators a challenge for game-week preparation.
Monken, 53, has been in coaching since 1989, starting as a grad assistant at Hawaii. As a head coach, Monken is 85-54 as a head coach at Georgia Southern (28-16, 2010-13) and Army (47-38, 2014-20).
Army improved to 8-2 on the year with Saturday’s 15-0 win over Navy. The Black Knights are scheduled to face Air Force next Saturday.
Army’s Jeff Monken is a very strong candidate at Vanderbilt, per multiple sources.
I will now mention Arizona fired Kevin Sumlin today apropos of absolutely nothing…..
— Steven N. Godfrey Jr. (@38Godfrey) December 13, 2020