Sources: Duke is finalizing a deal to make Texas A&M DC MIke Elko the school’s next head coach. He’s the former DC at Notre Dame and Wake Forest.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 10, 2021
Elko has an extensive defensive background, serving as the defensive coordinator at Wake Forest and Notre Dame before working for Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M. He was seen as one of the lesser-known candidates of this hiring cycle but does bring SEC experience to a program looking to recapture some of its glory days under David Cutcliffe. Cutcliffe and Duke agreed to mutually part ways this offseason.
Elko’s hiring brings an end to the Jason Garrett rumors surrounding the position. Garrett’s name was coming up for the Duke job, even though there is no obvious connection between the two. Garrett is best known for his stint as the Dallas Cowboys head coach. He most recently served as the offensive coordinator for the Giants before getting fired in November 2021.