Feb. 14, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy and new Cowboy coaches Todd Monken, Kasey Dunn and Jemal Singleton all visited with members of the media in Stillwater today. The highlights:
Mike Gundy, Head Coach
On everyone's new assignments:
"Todd Monken will be the offensive coordinator and coach quarterbacks, Meacham will coach the same position he did last year. Kasey Dunn will coach wide receivers and Jemal Singleton will coach the running backs."
On how he came to his decision on hiring Monken:
"We needed a smart football coach that had some experience at coaching the quarterback position at some point in their career. That was important. We needed a guy that was willing to come in and run our offensive plays and our system of Oklahoma State football, and not necessarily run the system from the outside. We are pleased with what we do here, we are pleased with our offense. Todd being a first-time coordinator at this level was a really good fit for us to come in and make the adjustments so that we didn't have to vary our offense very much. We had a number of returning players and obviously some key players in position that we didn't want to learn new terminology, so he was a great fit for us."
On Monken's attitude compared to his predecessor, Dana Holgorsen:
"I think the first thing is that Todd Monken is not Dana Holgorsen and vice versa. Todd is a smart football coach and Dana did great things for us. He brought in a style of attack that we wanted and it worked out well for us. Todd has been around and he is very personable. The players will like him and they will like his attitude and the approach of being on the attack. I think it is a great fit. The first criteria is a smart football coach that understands the game and can relate well with the players and all three of these new guys fit that."
On if the offense will change with new coaches:
"We want Todd, Kasey and Jemal's input in our offense. We want them to keep most of it the same as last year, but there would have been tweaks either way based on the way we thought we could make improvements as we progress."
On two of the new coaches having NFL experience:
"I think that it is good to have guys that have seen it from both sides. Some of the best coaches out there are high school coaches. It is always humbling when you go out there and you see guys that are coaching offense, defense, cutting the grass, and washing the uniforms. I think there are good coaches at all levels."
On Jemal Singleton coming from the Air Force:
"Those guys are special, the guys that can go to an academy and graduate and play football while they endure all they go through. When information came to us about Jemal, I became infatuated with it just because of that. The more I looked into it and the more people I called, I thought he was a great hire for us."
Todd Monken, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
On being back at Oklahoma State:
"I think that it is great being back at Oklahoma State. I have said this previously that our family really enjoyed being here. The place has changed tremendously since we have been here before, the support has changed and the expectations have changed."
On the style of offense he is going to run:
"Dana Holgorsen did a great job here. Anyone would be silly with all of the returning starters to not implement what they had done in the past. With that being said, we have to find a way to make it Oklahoma State's offense. Dana is now at West Virginia and the staff that is here now on offense has to make it moving forward what we want it to be."
On meeting with Brandon Weeden before he was hired:
"It is interesting talking to him because of his age, right away he called my Todd, so I knew I wasn't talking to an 18-year-old. It was a lot like an NFL guy. He is older and I think he just wanted to know who was going to be coaching him, who he was going to have to deal with on a daily basis. Obviously, with him and Justin Blackmon coming back there were concerns there, so we really didn't talk about offensive philosophy or my background. He had already done some research, it was more like 'what is this guy like', 'what is this guy going to bring to the table as a person.'"
Kasey Dunn, Wide Receivers
On being at OSU:
On OSU’s offense:
On coaching OSU’s players:
On why OSU is an intriguing job:
On the future of the OSU program:
Jemal Singleton, Running Backs
On being at Oklahoma State:
On OSU’s running back tradition:
On working with OSU’s current running backs:
On OSU’s facilities:
On his familiarity with OSU’s offense: