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Georgia Southern's Jeff Monken to be named Army coach

Army is expected to name Georgia Southern’s Jeff Monken as its new head coach.

Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken will be named head coach at Army. (Photo: Richard Burkhalter, AP)Contract details are still being finalized and an official announcement may not come until Thursday or Friday.

Monken took over the Eagles in 2010 and was 38-16 in four seasons, winning double-digit games and making the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs each of his first three seasons. Georgia Southern finished 2013 just 7-4, but they became the first FCS team to ever defeat Florida.

Prior to GSU, Monken was an assistant at Navy under Paul Johnson from 2002-07. He followed Johnson to Georgia Tech in 2008, before taking the Georgia Southern job.

Monken’s triple option-based offense and his experience coaching at a service academy made him a top target for Army.

The cousin of current Southern Mississippi head coach Todd Monken, he replaces Rich Ellerson who was fired last week after a 20-41 record in five seasons with the Black Knights.

Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, Jets special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica and Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan were among the others considered for the Army job.

Photo: Richard Burkhart, AP

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Report: Army fires Rich Ellerson

Army has fired coach Rich Ellerson, according to an report.

Army has fired head football coach Rich Ellerson. (Photo: Matt Rourke, AP)The move was not unexpected, and came in the wake of the school’s 12th consecutive loss to Navy. Army went 3-9 this season, including the 34-7 loss to the Midshipmen.

Ellerson compiled a 20-41 record in his five seasons, including an 0-5 mark against Navy and just eight wins overall the past three seasons.

The SI report states that the job has already generated a lot of interest from assistant coaches around college football, and Ellerson’s replacement is expected to have experience at Army during one of the programs stronger football eras.

Early names with West Point ties include Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, New York Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica, Vanderbilt defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, UCF offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe and Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.

Photo: Matt Rourke, AP

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