A press conference was held at Southern Miss at 3 p.m.
"It has been a privilege to lead the program for the past three years," Monken said."We accomplished a lot rebuilding the Southern Miss football program, and we did it together," Monken said.
Monken continued by saying that he had no intentions of leaving Hattiesburg, and the decision to leave was the toughest of his career.
"After much reflection, we decided that this was a position I couldn't pass up," Monken said.
Monken thanked the players, his support staff, and other university representatives for their support during his time at Southern Miss.
"I have to thank Dr. Aubrey Lucas, Jeff Hammond, Bill McGillis and Dr. Rodney Bennett," said Monken. "They saw our vision, and where our program was headed, and their support never wavered."
Monken began choking back tears as he spoke of his confidence in the department in finding a replacement, and thanked the university once again.
"Thank you for the chance to be a Golden Eagle."
USM's Athletic Director Bill McGillis said he was disappointed for the university, but was proud of Monken, and what he had done to rebuild the program.
To hear what Athletic Director Bill McGillis said about the department's next move, click here.