Mike Elko Making the Rounds for Texas A&M Football
Newly-minted Texas A&M football coach Mike Elko was making the media rounds this afternoon, appearing on several popular ESPN shows. This was a bit of a change of pace for Aggie fans, as neither of the previous two coaches that have held the head position in College Station have been very media-oriented. Coach Elko appears to be breaking that trend early on in his tenure.
This is definitely a good change for a school that does not have a lot of representation in the national media. Much has been made among Aggies of the lack of a journalism school at Texas A&M and the subsequent effect it seems to have had on their coverage in sports media, especially given the fact that rival schools have many journalists on the local, state, and national level covering the sport.
This has been manifestly evident in recent years when every college football account on Twitter has started putting out videos of yell practice with one of five different captions that they all seem to choose from. “Woah is this place a cult or something????” Really original. Got us that time.
In fact, Elko was asked about this very thing on the McAfee show, and he responded by asking Pat if he could name a single other school with dedicated enough fans to pack the stands 50,000 strong 24 hours before a game even begins.
Another notable thing that we saw from the new Texas A&M football coach on both shows was how he talked about his current staff at Duke. Elko seemed very complimentary of some of those guys, saying that there were some who would be a great fit—which makes you think that he’s definitely aiming to bring some over to Texas A&M football. Something to keep an eye on as the new head man fills out his staff.