Texas A&M Football: 5 reasons Aggies can contend in year one

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One thing winning a national title and then joining a program with seemingly endless amounts of cash does is attract more than competent assistant coaches. Even Kevin Sumlin was able to steal some of the nation’s top coordinators at other programs, like Noel Mazzone from UCLA and John Chavis from LSU.

Fisher was able to hire two excellent coaches to run his offense and defense. Darrell Dickey was the offensive coordinator for Memphis, which ranked fourth in total offense per game and averaged 197 yards per game on the ground.

Fisher will emphasize a physical running attack and Dickey is the perfect candidate to do it. Dickey also has ties to Texas, having been the head coach at North Texas for nine years and starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M.

Mike Elko also joined the staff as the defensive coordinator. He held the same position at Notre Dame for a year and was Wake Forest’s defensive coordinator before that. In all four years at these programs, Elko’s defense ranked in the top 50. He is young and a fresh voice that should help turn around a defense that struggled even with Chavis at the helm.