Two seasons ago, Todd Monken was an NFL position coach.
Now, he's the head coach at Southern Miss, a source told ESPN's Joe Schad.
That, as they say, is how it's done.
Monken accepted the head-coaching job in Hattiesburg, the path taken recently by another notable Oklahoma State offensive coordinator, Larry Fedora, who's now the head coach at North Carolina. Monken replaces Ellis Johnson, who went 0-12 in his first and only season with the Golden Eagles.
The last three Oklahoma State offensive coordinators have gotten excellent head coaching jobs -- Larry Fedora went to UNC, while Dana Holgorsen is coaching at West Virginia.
Monken returned to the Cowboys in 2009 after four years coaching the Jacksonville Jaguars receivers. He had previously been an assistant at Oklahoma State for three years under former coach Les Miles.
Monken's honesty and candor made him one of the league's best interviews. He'll certainly be missed in that respect, but he picked up where Holgorsen left off, making Oklahoma State the nation's No. 3 offense a year ago with Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, and kept the Pokes in the top five this season, despite two quarterbacks suffering injuries and leaving OSU down to third-stringer Clint Chelf.
OSU's OC spot is clearly the road to a head-coaching job, so you can bet Mike Gundy will have no shortage of suitors to fill Monken's position.