Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/16/13
Southern Mississippi's football program endured a disastrous freefall last season. First-year coach Todd Monken is confident the turnaround can happen just as quickly. The former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator says the Golden Eagles have the talent to win quickly, despite a 0-12 record last season. Now Monken's charge is installing a new offense and defense and finding the most talented players to execute his plan regardless of experience level. ''We have a lot of (inexperienced) guys like that on this team,'' Monken said. ''So what? So do a lot of teams. That's what (coaches) are supposed to do - figure it out. Put the pressure on them in practice. That's what you try to do, make it hard.'' Southern Miss has had plenty of success in the recent past. The Golden Eagles had a 12-2 record, won a Conference USA championship and the Hawaii Bowl in 2011 before offensive-minded coach Larry Fedora left for the North Carolina job. In came veteran coach Ellis Johnson - who was kno...
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