Southern Miss football coach Todd Monken has accepted the offensive coordinator's job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving the school after three years on the job.
Southern Miss athletic director Bill McGillis and Monken announced the decision in a Sunday press conference.
Monken will join the staff of new Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter.
"It's difficult to leave after all the hard work," Monken said. "This is about Dirk Koetter. My decision, it was hard. These are two great places. I can't be two great places at once."
McGillis said he plans to conduct a national search to find his replacement and expects to make a hire by next weekend.
Monken was recently in contract negotiations with USM and an extension was in the works.
Monken was 13-25 in three years at USM, going 9-5 in his third season with a trip to the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Monken has worked in the NFL before. He was receivers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007-10.