Texas A&M Football Set to Hire Mike Elko
After a whirlwind past 24 hours in the Texas A&M football coaching search, it appears the Aggies finally have their man… again. Duke coach Mike Elko, who served as the defensive coordinator for the Aggies from 2018-2021, presiding over some of the best Aggie defenses this century in that span, will be the next Texas A&M football coach, per Billy Liucci and many more.
According to Liucci, it sounds like the decision to go with Elko was made last night, presumably directly following the decision to not go with Mark Stoops. Conversations have been taking place throughout today, the co-owner of Texags said.
This is a hire that I feel good about. Elko came to a Duke program that had been in the pits ever since the far gone years of Cutcliffe and the Peach Bowl and immediately turned things around for them. He went 9-4 in his first year in the ACC, with each loss being only by a single score at most. This year has been tougher sledding for the Blue Devils thanks to a QB injury (sounds familiar, huh?), but he still has the folks in Raleigh bowl eligible and handed them a highlight win over Clemson at the beginning of the season.
This is a hire that will no doubt go over great with the guys in the room, as Elko was on staff for many (if not all) of their recruitments, at least for a time. He’s well respected and liked by all of the players on the team currently, and you can’t help but feel that this is a move that will minimize outward-bound portal movement from the roster.
More to come on the site as we continue to react to Texas A&M football making Mike Elko the 30th head coach in program history.