But this was a different Monday for Monken, who -- if only temporarily -- was perhaps the most popular Georgia Southern head coach to speak to the club since Erk Russell.
Beating Florida two days earlier will bring a coach much love in a crowd dominated by Georgia fans.
As great as Saturday was for his team, it wasn’t perfect.
“The only bad thing about that win on Saturday -- and there were a lot of good things -- (is) there’s happy Georgia fans this week,” he said to mild uncertain laughter. “They didn’t get that.”
Forgotten by the Georgia-heavy crowd was that Monken has plenty of Georgia Tech in him, having taken over at Georgia Southern after spending two seasons with head coach Paul Johnson and the Yellow Jackets.
“As an old Georgia Tech man, I don’t want ever Georgia fans to be happy,” he said. “I hated to help you guys out.”