Duke Initiates Search for New Defensive Coordinator Following Mike Elko’s Brief Tenure

Duke made a rapid climb under Mike Elko.

Texas A&M officially named Elko its next football coach on Monday, ending Elko’s two-year stint.

“We’ll be thorough in our process and we will certainly work swiftly as we have done before,” King said in a statement to reporters Monday, though she didn’t take questions.

NCAA rules permit players to enter the transfer portal for 30 days after a coaching change, allowing them to formally explore moves elsewhere.

The school needed 12 days to hire Elko after David Cutcliffe’s exit.

Last time a Duke coach stayed three or fewer seasons came when Steve Spurrier left for Florida after a 1987-89 run.

King said associate head coach and running backs coach Trooper Taylor would work as the interim coach while the school searches for Elko’s replacement.

Elko won nine games and a bowl in his debut season, then guided Duke to a seven-win regular season with a weekend win against Pittsburgh. This year’s team opened with a rout of preseason ACC favorite Clemson, cracked the AP Top 25 amid a 4-0 start and even hosted ESPN’s “College GameDay” for the first time in football — after multiple visits here for the storied men’s basketball program — ahead of a ranked-vs-ranked matchup against Notre Dame.

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