- Deion Sanders, Lane Kiffin, and Kalen DeBoer were in the running for the job, too
- Elko served as the Aggies’ defensive coordinator from 2018 until two years ago
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Mike Elko is set to be hired as the next football head coach at Texas A&M, just weeks after the firing of Jimbo Fisher.
Elko, Duke’s head coach, was previously the Aggies’ defensive coordinator from 2018 until his hiring by the Blue Devils in December, 2021.
He emerged as an early candidate to replace Fisher at College Station, earlier this month, facing competition against the likes of Colorado head coach, Deion Sanders, Washington’s Kalen DeBoer, Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin, Dan Lanning, of Oregon, and Mark Stroop, of Kentucky, for the job.
Elko, 46, became the top choice contender after an impending deal between Texas A&M and Kentucky for the hiring of Stoops was ‘nixed’, according to CBS Sports.
Elko is an Aggies fan favorite due to his previous ties to the school. He was hired by Texas A&M, five years ago, after successful spells at Wake Forest and Notre Dame, as those teams’ defensive coordinator.
Mike Elko, Duke’s head coach, is set to be named as the next football head coach at Texas A&M
Former Aggies head coach, Jimbo Fisher, was fired earlier this month after a 7-5 record this fall
Under his watch, the Aggies were among the best ranked defensive teams in all of America.
During his time as defensive coordinator, Texas A&M held a 34-14 record, capped off by an Orange Bowl appearance in 2021 after going 9-1.
In his first season at Duke, Elko led the team to a 9-4 campaign, its best record since 2014.
Elko was the Aggies’ defensive coordinator from 2018 until his hiring at Duke in December ’21
He followed that achievement with a 7-5 record this fall, despite injuries issues at the quarterback position.
Since Elko left Texas A&M, nearly two years ago, the Aggies have gone 12-12.
Fisher was dismissed after just 10 games into his sixth season earlier this month. He had a $75million payout in his contract.
Elko’s first task, if hired, will be to lead Texas A&M back into SEC contention, as the league braces itself for the additions of Texas and Oklahoma in the 2024 season.
Post source: Daily mail