Texas A&M Football Begins to Finalize Elko's First Staff

The official releases are beginning to roll in about the new staff for Texas A&M football.

Jan. 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein (7) against the
Jan. 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein (7) against the / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Texas A&M Football Officially Welcoming Elko's Hires

The rumors and reports are all starting to become officially confirmed for Texas A&M football, as the Aggies have begun to issue press releases for each of Mike Elko's hires for his first staff. Not every hire that Elko has yet made has been officially confirmed, but the majority of them have started to roll in.

OC/QB Coach for Texas A&M Football: Collin Klein

Here is our story on Klein's hire. This is likely the most exciting one of the bunch. Klein brings a singularly innovative offense to Aggieland, and the fact that the Aggies were able to pull him away from his alma mater shouldn't be undersold. I'm really excited to see how the offense operates under Klein's tutelage.

DC/LB Coach for Texas A&M Football: Jay Bateman

Here is our story on Bateman's hire. Known for his recruiting prowess, Bateman was a big steal from Florida. His defenses at Army were superb, but he was unable to mesh his scheme effectively as a co-DC at UNC. Luckily, his and Elko's schemes match up, so calling Elko's defense should go much better for Bateman. Cautiously optimistic on this one.

DL Coach for Texas A&M Football: Sean Spencer

Here's our story on the Aggies hiring Spencer. Elko showed his savvy early on with this hire; almost immediately after the news came down that Robinson was outboud, this announcement was made. Kudos to Elko for moving quick, and picking about as effective a replacement for Robinson as you could get. An ace recruiter, "Coach Chaos" will have a lot to work with in his first year, both on the field and on the recruiting trail, as the 2025 class in Texas is star-studded.

DB Coach for Texas A&M Football: Ish Aristide

Here's our story on coach Aristide. This is Ish's second stint in Aggieland. Even as a GA under Elko, Aristide was a top recruiter for the Aggies. He couldn't even leave campus and get on the trail, but he landed some big fish in his time. Oh, and he's coached some pretty solid units on the back end of the defense. Good thing, too: he'll have his work cut out for him, as we all just saw in the Texas Bowl.

OL Coach for Texas A&M Football: Adam Cushing

Here's our story on A&M hiring Cushing. Almost anything would be a huge upgrade over Addazio, but Cushing looks to be a legitimately high-level hire at the spot. I like that he has some head coaching experience (albeit rather unsuccessful and at the lower level), and his units at Duke seemed disciplined and decisive. Both of those are adjectives that could rarely be used in regard to the Aggie OL over the last two years, so hopefully he can work his magic soon.

AHC/RB Coach for Texas A&M Football: Trooper Taylor

Here is our story on the hire of coach Taylor. Trooper is a veteran of the SEC, and has a lot of experience as a top recruiter on staffs around the nation's toughest conference. If nothing else, his prowess in that regard makes him a valuable add. He's coached lots of different positions but oversaw a very productive running back room for Duke last year.

That's all that have been officially announced at the moment. There's word that the Aggies have made a hire at Tight Ends and Special Teams coach (thank goodness), but it hasn't officially come down as of now. Once that one is confirmed, all we have left to find out is who the receivers coach will be.

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