Mississippi IHL commissioner: USM Monken offer "good"

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Todd Monken's offer to become head football coach at The University of Southern Mississippi has passed the eyeball test, according to the state's Institutions of Higher Learning commissioner. This after the State College Board warned officials "no more bad contracts."

The edict followed the uproar following Ellis Johnson's contract that guaranteed him $700,000 a year should he be terminated. According to language in the Johnson offer, the contract was subject to IHL approval, but Commissioner Hank Bounds says the Board does not approve coach's contracts and they never saw Johnson's contract.

Bounds said he was asked to review the Monken offer and called it "appropriate."

Details of Monken's offer have not been released, and there is no official contract yet, but officials say it is comparable to Johnson's $700,000-a-year salary, or $58,333 a month. The offer most likely does not contain a $700,000 guarantee should he be terminated.

Southern Miss Director of Athletics Jeff Hammond announced Monday the hiring of Todd Monken as the school's 20th football coach. The hiring is pending approval by the IHL Board of Trustees.

USM fired head football Ellis Johnson after one winless season. The 60-year-old Johnson is due a $2.1 million buyout over the next three seasons.
Southern Miss finished with a 0-12 record one season after a school-record 12-2 finish that included a win in the Hawaii Bowl. The Golden Eagles were the only team in the Football Bowl Subdivision not to win a game in 2012.

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