“I want to apologize to Landry Jones and to the Oklahoma football program for using them as a specific example to illustrate a point concerning how quickly an injury to a key player can impact how a team plays,” Monken said in a statement. “While speaking to a visiting member of the media about the importance of a quarterback’s confidence and demeanor, and about how quickly things can change in football, I made the mistake of making a specific reference to illustrate my point.”
In an interview with ESPN.com Big 12 blogger David Ubben, Monken took a shot at Jones while discussing OSU’s quarterback situation, saying: "It didn’t take long when ol’ (Sooner receiver Ryan) Broyles went down and (OU) started running the dozer to think, ‘Do we have our guy?’ That didn’t take long. Landry Jones went from like, 'I’m the man,' to all of a sudden, 'I haven’t thrown a touchdown pass (and) I'm fumbling it over my head at Oklahoma State. I gotta go back and see my quarterback guru.’”
Jones committed four turnovers in OU’s 44-10 loss to OSU last season, and struggled the last month of the season after losing Broyles to a season-ending knee injury. During his spring break last month, Jones traveled to California to work out with George Whitfield, who trains quarterbacks.
In response to Monken’s original comments, OU safety Tony Jefferson wrote on Twitter: “Hell nah he better be quiet.”