Duke’s Mike Elko Emerges as Top Contender in the Texas A&M Coaching Search

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In the ever-evolving landscape of college football coaching, Duke’s Mike Elko has emerged as the leading candidate for the top spot at Texas A&M. Known for his impressive tenure as defensive coordinator at Notre Dame and Texas A&M, Elko quickly turned the Blue Devils around. Even after missing starting quarterback Riley Leonard with an ankle sprain, Duke has played good football. As of now, no available coaching positions have met Elko’s standards— until Sunday. While Elko is the clear-cut top contender, two other names have surfaced as potential candidates, should they express genuine interest.

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Next on the list is Dan Lanning, the current head coach at Oregon. If Texas A&M is eyeing Lanning as a potential candidate, they face the challenge of timing, which makes it difficult to lure him away from the Ducks. Lanning, in only his second year at Oregon, has secured a Pac-12 title and positioned the team for a College Football Playoff run. At 37, Lanning may prefer to continue his success at Oregon, possibly setting the stage for a future coaching role at a powerhouse like Alabama.

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The other contender is Lane Kiffin, the charismatic coach at Ole Miss. While Texas A&M is on the lookout for a coach it can control to some extent, Kiffin’s independent and unapologetic coaching style poses a stark contrast. Boasting a .657 winning percentage and three national championship rings as an assistant, his track record is impressive. The question lingering in the air is whether he can elevate Texas A&M to the next level, utilizing the resources at hand— an objective that was, perhaps, the original intention behind hiring Jimbo Fisher.

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As the coaching carousel gains momentum, the spotlight remains on Mike Elko, with Texas A&M carefully monitoring the situations of Dan Lanning and Lane Kiffin. The next chapter in the Aggies’ coaching saga is yet to unfold, with the final decision poised to shape the future of the football program.

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S.K. Patrick is a sports journalist from Louisville, Ky with over 5 years of sports journalism experience. Patrick graduated from the University of Louisville with his BA in mass communications and a minor in marketing. Patrick has been part of Louisville's local sports community for several years. He’s a former high school football player and little league football coach. Patrick has covered press conferences and games for U of L’s Sports Information Office. He now covers the ACC, along with Western Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati. He has reported on Rick Pitino, Bobby Petrino, Jimbo Fisher, Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, and many others. Professionally he has covered the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine.

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