College Football Fans Sound Off On Texas A&M Hiring Duke’s Mike Elko As New Head Coach

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Last night, the Texas A&M football program found their new guy to coach the Aggies after firing Jimbo Fisher a couple of weeks ago.

Rumors started swirling that Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops was in line to take the job, but he quickly put that conversation to bed with a midnight tweet… he’s staying in Kentucky.

“I know there’s been much speculation about me and my job situation the last couple of days. It’s true I was contacted about a potential opportunity this weekend, but after celebrating a big win against our rivals with players I love like family, I knew in my heart I couldn’t leave the University of Kentucky right now.

I have a great job at a place I love, and I get to work with the best administration and greatest fan base in college football right where I’m at. I’m excited to say I’m a Wildcat!”

And then Mike Elko, the former head coach of the Duke Blue Devils, arrived in College Station, Texas.

Needless to say, the decision was a head scratcher for college football enthusiasts across the country, as it was sincerely believed that the Aggies were closing on a deal with Stoops.

However, in a complete turn of events, A&M went with Elko.

Don’t get me wrong, Elko was able to find a way to win at Duke in only two seasons, going 9-4 and 7-5 during his time in Durham, which is pretty difficult to do considering the lack of resources the school has for football. Not to mention, Duke has historically been one of the worst football programs in the ACC.

But, most college football fans were expecting the Aggies to hire someone who has had a long line of success as a head coach, and needless to say, Elko doesn’t necessarily fit that mold.

Elko was previously the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M from 2018 to 2021, so maybe A&M liked the fact he had previous ties to the school. However, Elko hasn’t been a head coach long enough to win with his own recruiting class, and it’s still uncertain just how good of a coach he can be in College Station.

Not to mention, the guy only beat one team with less than four losses during his two seasons at Duke.

And boy, Aggies fans had a field day with this decision…

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