Army has officially requested to interview Georgia Southern head coach Jeff Monken for its vacant head coaching job. The news was broke by Donald Health of the Savannah Morning News. It has since been confirmed by ArmySports.com and other independent sources. When an institution officially requests to interview a head coach an offer often follows. The only caveat being that since West Point is an institution based on honor and character it may have just been a professional courtesy. Either way Jeff Monken is a definite finalist for the job. Monken has posted a 38-16 (704%) record as a head coach at Georgia Southern. Monken worked for renown spread option coach Paul Johnson at Georgia Southern, Navy and Georgia Tech. His GSU teams made three straight appearances in FCS Semifinals before posting a 7-4 record this past season. He ended this year leading Georgia Southern into the Swamp at Florida and beating the Gators 26-20 without throwing a pass. Monken is a fiery, talented coach with service academy experience. He has been an outstanding recruiter and would, in my opinion, be a great hire.
Rivals.com reporter AM Allen has reported the field has been narrowed to four candidates but we can't confirm that number. They are correct that the field has been winnowed. GoMids.com has confirmed Navy's talented offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper has not been approached and is not currently a candidate. The anti-Navy feeling sentiment runs too deep to consider making an offer. Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel was an outside the box candidate mentioned recently but is not being considered. Army fans should be thankful. Watching Steckel's defense against Auburn's spread attack this year and getting blown out by Navy 35-13 in the 2009 Texas bowl was painful. He had no clue how to defense the Navy option despite fielding a team that featured future NFL star Aldon Smith, a first round draft choice of the San Francisco 49ers. Former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe has thrown his hat in the ring but there is nothing to suggest the interest is mutual at this point. Grobe is 61 years old and ended his Wake Forest run with five straight losing seasons. He did coach as a service academy assistant at Air Force and has rebuilt two moribund college programs at Wake Forest and Ohio. He ran an option offense at Ohio.
Two still definitely on the short list are current Tampa Bay Buccaneer offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner. Sullivan is a protege of New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin where he won two Super Bowl rings as an assistant. Sullivan is a former Army assistant coach and defensive back. Mike hasn't coached in college since 2001 and has never been a head coach. During Warinner's first two seasons at Ohio State the Buckeyes led the Big Ten in scoring at 41.9 points per game. The Buckeyes scored the most points in school history with 602 in 2013. Warinner served as Army's offensive line coach and later offensive coordinator during a 13- year run under Jim Young and Bob Sutton.
It's rumored that Superintendent' Lieutenant General Robert Caslen is a big fan of 63-year old Charlie Taaffe but he is not likely to be offered the job unless others balk. He is presently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Central Florida. Under Taaffe, UCF has compiled a 45-20 record (692%). They are currently ranked No. 15 in the nation and are scheduled to play in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Taaffe coached at Army from 1981 to 1986. The Cadets posted a 23-13 record during the three years that he served as Jim Young's offensive coordinator. Taaffle helped Army produce back-to-back bowl victories. He is a good football coach and also rumored to also be once again a candidate at The Citadel. Taaffe was the most successful football coach in The Citadel's history were he won the Eddie Robinson Award for Coach of the Year in 1992.
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