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Duke tabs Mike Elko as new coach

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Sep 4, 2021;  College Station, Texas, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher and defensive coordinator Mike Elko prior to the game against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 4, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher and defensive coordinator Mike Elko prior to the game against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko has been hired as the new coach at Duke.

The 44-year-old Elko has never been a head coach. He has been a defensive coordinator at five schools, including Notre Dame in 2017 prior to his four-year stint at Texas A&M.

“We are absolutely thrilled to announce Mike Elko as our next head football coach,” Duke athletic director Nina King said in a statement. “He has an innovative football mind and a natural ability to connect with both players and coaches around him. Mike has a proven track record of success and is deeply committed to the overall student-athlete experience.”

Elko was a semifinalist for the Frank Broyles Award this season, which goes to the nation’s top assistant. He also was a semifinalist in 2017.

Elko replaces David Cutcliffe, who went 77-97 in 14 seasons at Duke. The Blue Devils were 3-9 this season.

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was also among the reported candidates.

–Field Level Media