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Jeff Kolpack, Published December 13 2012

Coaching runs deep in family of Georgia Southern's Monken

FARGO – Georgia Southern head coach Jeff Monken doesn’t have to go far on his cell phone speed dial for advice. There are plenty of options with the same last name.

Monken’s father and four uncles were all high school head football coaches in the state of Illinois, with four of them in the state’s prep hall of fame. Seven sons of those five brothers all went into coaching, including Todd Monken, who just accepted the head football job at Southern Mississippi after being the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.

“He’s a great resource for me. He’s coached in some big football game,” Jeff Monken said of his cousin.

Todd Monken perhaps is the leader in the clubhouse as far as getting to the highest level, but Jeff Monken isn’t far behind, leading the Eagles to their third straight Division I Football Championship Subdivision semifinal game tonight.

For the second straight year, GSU is at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome to play North Dakota State. Jeff Monken says he also turns to other coaches he’s worked with over the years.

“That’s what’s great about the profession,” he said. “We want to help each other succeed, and I have great people that I’m either related to or have been associated with in the profession that I can rely on.”

Photo of every fan at tonight’s game to be taken in Fargodome

A unique high resolution, 360-degree photo will be taken during the first and second quarter of today’s game. The interactive photo, powered by www.panoramas.com and Blakeway Worldwide Panoramas, will allow fans to find and tag themselves, share with friends and win prizes.

The image will be more than 16 billion pixels in size and will be available early next week at www.gobison.com where a signup will be posted.

Etc. etc. etc.

NDSU still leads FCS in time of possession with an average of 35 minutes, 14 seconds. … NDSU sophomore kicker Adam Keller needs one field goal to take over the solo record for most field goals in a season with 17. … GSU defensive tackle Brent Russell needs a half a quarterback sack to become the school’s all-time leader. … Dave Neal will handle the play-by-play and former NFL quarterback Andre Ware color commentary with Cara Capuano, with sideline reports for the ESPN2 broadcast.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia