Written by Brian Murphy, WRAL and The Associated Press.
According to a reliable source, Texas A&M is in talks to bring on Duke coach Mike Elko as their new head coach, replacing Jimbo Fisher. Elko previously served as the defensive coordinator under Fisher for four years.
In his two years as coach, Elko has led Duke to consecutive bowl game appearances.
The individual, who wished to remain anonymous, spoke to the AP as an agreement had not yet been confirmed. However, they revealed that Elko had become the school’s primary focus.
An individual who is aware of the situation revealed to the AP on Sunday evening that Elko has notified Duke about his discussions with Texas A&M. This person also requested anonymity as Duke has not made any public statements regarding the issue.
According to ESPN, Elko is expected to make a decision within the next 24 hours.
The initial source for the news of Elko’s potential hiring by the school was the Houston Chronicle. Several other sources have also confirmed this information.
Elko was previously the Aggies’ defensive coordinator for Jimbo Fisher, who was terminated last month with a remaining contract worth over $77 million.
The Blue Devils emerged victorious over Pittsburgh on Saturday, concluding their regular season with a 7-5 record, despite star quarterback Riley Leonard’s injuries. In 2022, Elko guided the Blue Devils to a 9-4 record.
During the offseason, Elko and Duke agreed to extend their contract through 2029.
At 46 years old, Elko has maintained that Duke is his desired destination, despite his name being linked to several coaching opportunities such as Northwestern, Michigan State, and most recently, Texas A&M.