Jeff Monken is staying at West Point.
The good news for Army football flooded social media Friday morning when Kansas officially announced the hiring of Buffalo’s Lance Leipold as its next head coach at 10 a.m. EST.
Monken was reportedly one of the finalists for the opening and the buzz of Monken potentially leaving for Lawrence had Army fans refreshing Twitter throughout Thursday.
What might have been the biggest tip that Monken was remaining at West Point? Word came out yesterday from Jacob Polacheck of The Daily Kansan posted on social media that the Kansas marching band has been summoned to possibly play at off-campus even mid-afternoon or evening Friday. Army’s Black and Gold spring game is being held today.
Monken has built a winning culture in his seven seasons at West Point and etched his name as one of the best football coaches in the program’s storied history. Monken has led the Black Knights to 49 victories, three Commander in Chief’s trophies in the last four years and a school-record 11 wins in 2018.
Preparations for the 2021 season can now continue as planned as Army is primed for another successful season with an abundance of starters returning on both sides of the ball. Monken’s resume will continue to build and Power Five schools will continue to show interest.
Today, Army fans can breath a sign of relief and enjoy a great day for Army football.
April 30, 2021 at 11:32 AM
Nothing more to say but tremendous relief that Coach Monken continues the building of a superior football program at West Point. I hope and pray that the administration recognize him in the manner that he should be recognized.
April 30, 2021 at 5:28 PM
The nail in the coffin for Monken was probably when the selection committee asked Jeff about his plans for a passing game at KU to which he replied: “Passing game? What’s dat, passing game…” Sealed the deal for Leipold!
April 30, 2021 at 12:26 PM
This is tremendous news as an Army fan. Unsure if it’s the challenge of a new project, possibility of something ‘bigger’ than the CiC trophy, or pay would put his hat into coaching searches (maybe all 3), but II am glad I’ll be able to continue watching him building character and winners at West Point. Beat Navy!
April 30, 2021 at 1:48 PM
Coach is where he belongs. The power 5 prima donna athlete is looking for a program that grooms him for the NFL. Coach Monken builds leaders and crafts them with the discipline to be successful anywhere. He has built, is building and continues to build the men who will one day help lead our country. No other university can make that claim.
Charles N Cardinal
April 30, 2021 at 2:18 PM
I am relieved! It is impossible to describe what Coach Monken has meant to the Army Football renaissance. I found myself progressing through the 5 emotions of grieving just with the credible reports that he might leave the Army Football brotherhood
April 30, 2021 at 4:10 PM
Whay all the fuss ? Jeff Monken was not and is not going anywhere. Amazing to watch all the snowflakes take to twitter and go bezerk over what was U of Kansas speculation. Jeff Monken is establising his legacy at WP, a trip option based legacy , and one that will difficult to rpelcate elswhere. Coach knows that full well , and even more important this fine gentlemen is vested in developing leaders who will serve and protect our great country. Coach is all in on the mission of USMA and we are proud to have a man of his character setting the tone. Give him a contract for life and stop the please social media hysteria.
May 4, 2021 at 7:12 PM
Amen, Richard Roberts. Jeff Monken is not greedy. And he’s making, relatively speaking, very good money. So scratch money as a reason he might consider leaving West Point. He will always have a challenge at West Point due to the challenge he faces every year in recruiting. So scratch seeking a challenge as a reason to leave. And being in the power five? Reputation? Accomplishment? He is becoming one of the greatest football coaches ever, in that he takes, only fairly good high school football players, relatively speaking, and develops them into very good to excellent football players. The coach that needs super players from high school to make a good team is probably only an average coach, not a great coach. The coach that can develop average players into a good team is a great coach. That’s what Jeff Monken is doing. He’s becoming one of the greatest football coaches ever, and hands down, could be the greatest developer, ever, of young football players into men of morals, ethics, and character, and leaders for our nation. His importance to America is greater than that of any other football coach. That’s reputation. That’s accomplishment.