There is one thing for sure about the Arkansas State current search for Gus Malzahn's replacement, there are a lot of good coaches from all levels of college football and the NFL that are interested in the recent vacancy in Jonesboro.
It's AStateNation.com's belief that the ASU administration is looking for their next head coach to be an offensive minded one like their previous two guys.
A strong coach with an offensive background that has a history of developing talented quarterbacks and running wide open offenses.
One coach that fits this profile is current Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
It is believed that there is mutual interest between Arkansas State and the talented offensive coach.
Monken has spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator for Mike Gundy and his offense definitely fits the attack that is believed ASU is looking for.
Prior to coaching at Oklahoma State, Monken spent two years as the Quarterbacks and wide receiver coach in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He also spent three years as the passing coordinator at LSU and two other years at Oklahoma State back in 2002-2004.
According to one veteran college coach, it's believed that Monken is definitely interested in becoming a head coach.
If Monken has kept up with Arkansas State the past two seasons and how successful Red Wolf coaches have been, Jonesboro might definitely be a location he would be interested in.
Under Monken's watch, Oklahoma State set single-season records for points scored, touchdowns scored, first downs, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, completion percentage, touchdown passes, yards per play and third-down conversions in 2011, in addition to posting six of the top seven single-game passing marks in school history. Monken coordinated a 2011 Cowboy offense that scored more than 50 points six times and broke the 60-point mark in three contests.
With Monken calling the plays, Oklahoma State led the Big 12 and ranked second nationally in both scoring offense and passing offense in 2011. The Cowboys ranked third in the country in total offense.
With Monken serving as his position coach, Brandon Weeden set single-season school records for passes completed, passes attempted, passing yards, touchdown passes, completion percentage and total offense in 2011. Weeden also set single-game school records for passing yards and total offense under Monken's watch in 2011. On the national level, Weeden finished the 2011 season second in passing yards, third in total offense, fourth in touchdown passes and ninth in pass efficiency.
WHY WOULD MONKEN BE A PERFECT FIT AT ARKANSAS STATE: Monken is a great offensive mind and has proven he can develop great college quarterbacks. He runs a wide open attack at Oklahoma State
WHY ASU COULD LAND MONKEN: Monken has made it known he is looking to become a head coach in the college ranks. Arkansas State could be that school he is looking for. It's a good match from an offensive style type and Monken is probably aware of the success ASU coaches have had in the past two seasons.
POSITIVES ABOUT HIRING MONKEN: Having a BIg 12 Offensive Coordinator with NFL experience as the next Head Coach of the Red Wolves would continue to give Arkansas State a lot of national attention on their hires.
WHY MONKEN MAY NOT HAPPEN AT ASU: Monken is becoming a hot commodity in the college coaching world and with a lot of openings, can Arkansas State compete with schools like Texas Tech and other bigger schools.
CHANCES OF LANDING MONKEN: 50%