Bucs offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken has been contacted by Mississippi State about their vacant football head coaching job.
Monken, 51, has ties to the state, having been the head coach at Southern Mississippi from 2013-15, compiling a 13-25 record. But in his final season, he led the Golden Eagles to a 9-5 overall record and 7-1 in conference USA.
The Bulldogs are looking for a replacement for Dan Mullen, who was hired to coach the Florida Gators.
Obviously, the timing doesn't work in Monken's favor. Mississippi State clearly would want a head football coach to start immediately and the Bucs have five weeks remaining in their season.
But it's hard to imagine the Bucs standing in Monken's way if he is offered and accepts the job. He is a close friend of Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter and they worked together for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
If Monken is Mississippi State's top candidate, they have a good shot of landing him. But it would be a huge loss to the Bucs.
Monken has done an outstanding job with the Bucs receivers. When he arrived in Tampa Bay, Mike Evans was coming off a season in which he led the NFL in dropped passes. He's helped develop players such as Adam Humphries and Chris Godwin.
But the Bucs are 4-7 and they know it wouldn't be fair to hold Monken hostage for the final five weeks. There's also always a chance none of the Bucs coaches will be asked to return in 2018.