Gut Punch: Notre Dame Loses DC Mike Elko to Texas A&M

After years of defensive futility Notre Dame finally had direction on defense under the coordination of MIke Elko.  That direction came to an abrupt halt on Thursday as news broke that Elko has decided to take the money and run to Texas A&M.  The Aggies made a run at Elko in December that Notre Dame held off, but when A&M threw a boat load of money at LSU’s Dave Aranda and were rebuffed, they made another run at Elko.  This time the offer was reportedly too much for Elko to pass up and Notre Dame apparently refused to match.

Brian Kelly confirmed the reports that Elko is leaving for A&M on Twitter.

Elko brought about a defensive resurgence at Notre Dame this year and had people excited for where the defense was heading in 2018.  Now it appears as though Notre Dame could be ushering in another new defensive system this spring.

The news was the second gut punch for Notre Dame fans this week.  On Tuesday Notre Dame basketball lost All-American Bonzie Colson for 8 weeks with a broken foot.  Apparently all of the good luck the Irish had for 2018 was used up in the Citrus Bowl with Miles Boykin’s ridiculous grab and run for the game winning touchdown.

We’ll have more on what this means for the program and where Notre Dame goes from here as they look to replace Elko and salvage the momentum that was built on the defensive side of the ball in 2017 moving forward.

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119 comments

  1. zeke1883 2 years ago

    What I’m wondering is how do you contend for a national championship when you have this coaching carousel every year? How do you ever maintain a cohesive unit in order to really view for a title if you are losing coaches each year for whatever reasons. It kind of appears Kelly is really hard to get along with. Assistants seem to bail at the first opportunity. I don’t see how you keep recruits not knowing who the coaches are going to be each year. Doesn’t it begin with a solid coaching staff? I understand in Elkos case you can only go so far but how about trying to keep Hiestad or is that the same situation? Offer to good not to accept. I don’t know, seems like all they want is a new year’s day bowl and a 10 win season.

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    1. Ron Burgundy 2 years ago

      Bama had a new OC and a 2nd year DC this year. Next year they will have a new DC.

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  2. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

    C-Dog, A pretty decent sports writer for USA Today has a pretty good article up today (I saw it online, don’t know if it was in print). The post says pretty much what you just wrote below yesterday, and more. You should read it! It makes your post look like a pretty good (and timely) call.

    BGC ’77 ’82

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  3. C-Dog 2 years ago

    Frankly, college football is headed down a dark road. The corrupt southern society and the Florida ghetto culture are finally in control. Money flows in the south now and it’s going to be spent on college football. That may not sustain itself overall but it definitely could lead to obvious and rampant fraud among SEC and some ACC programs.
    Notre Dame needs to take its lumps on the field during this time but cannot succumb to that corrupt culture. In fact it would be better for the schools who want some integrity to pull out of D-1 and form another association. In 5 years the southern schools will be prosecuted by state and federal government for fraud and major legal infractions.

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    1. Ron Burgundy 2 years ago

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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    2. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

      The real sad truth is that these guys like Graham, who poses as a fiscal conservative at A@M, and Starr of Baylor sell themselves as Republicans to a gullible mislead Southland. It’s sick as well as corrupt. I’m from an old family of Bull Moose Republicans! These so-called Republicans don’t even know who we Curmes are…but we not only know who they are, we know what they are. The Graham-Rudman Nothing Act! And the unbridled, undisciplined, and unchecked spending even bubbles up from hell into our sports. And States Rights as well as fiscal responsibility are trampled on by garbage flowing upstream from Alabama! Who are the real frauds people?

      BGC ’77 ’82
      La Crosse, Indiana

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      1. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

        Oh, one more thing…you can thank the great Texas A&M genius fiscal conservative from their Econ Department for the mortgage/banking meltdown too! That was his baby (and a few others) as well. My father was ND Econ Emeritus and a Teddy Roosevelt Republican to his very core. Those guys made him throw up (literally).

        BGC ’77 ’82

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  4. Storespook 2 years ago

    It’s unfortunate that Elko left after one season. I think many would say he was bringing the D side into a direction that hasn’t been seen for a while at ND. I am sure he had reasons to leave and to be frank, if he thought his ND job wasn’t a good fit or to his liking, then he starts to no longer remain an asset to the program, he starts becoming a liability, so I would rather him figure this out now than later. I don’t know who will be hired, but I care less about scheme philosophy the person espouses and more about can the person: teach, coach D fundamentals ( especially sound tackling), and have an inspirational/motivational impact on the D side personnel. On side note, if someone should drive to W LaFayette and ask Jeff Brahm if ever a reason to see the world from the northern side of Indiana would be an option, would that prompt his interest in seeing the world from northern Indiana. Like I said, just a side note.

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    1. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

      Storespook – all you wrote is well said advice indeed…but there is no good way to drive from ND to West Lafayette…the road routes were not designed by ND engineers (and sure as hell not by PURDUE engineers!)…they’re definitely Hoosier horse and buggy routes…all of them!

      BGC ’77 ’82

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  5. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

    Well David, I’ll check it myself when the University opens next week. It’s possible that ND reorganized the Bookstore in some way that changed it back to an entirely tax exempt situation, or maybe won an appeal. I hope they did, frankly, because I don’t like the feds taxing not-for-profit organizations. If I’m wrong, and the situation was reversed by some legal maneuver, I’ll let you know that I’m wrong, and even give you the dates that ND was paying those taxes (which I know I am right on) and the date when the ruling was reversed or reorganized so that those sales again became tax-exempt…FYI, and I’ll publically retract my statements that news media types claiming all sports revenue for colleges is tax exempt are not telling the truth.
    After all, times change, the law changes back and forth, and I haven’t been in touch with Bookstore finances in quite awhile. But I’ve never heard about any reversal of that case. Maybe I’ve overlooked one. I’ll double check my facts and own up if things have changed.

    In the meanwhile, don’t forget to send me your evidence for your 80% statement.

    BGC ’77 ’82

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    1. david 2 years ago

      Seek help. You are truly in a frightening state.

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      1. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

        Why does my offer to double check my facts, and to check yours as well, frighten you David?

        BGC ’77 ’82

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      2. Keith 2 years ago

        He owned you and he’s the one who needs help?

        That’s rich. Take your lumps and accept you got bested by your better.

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  6. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

    Southside, Lou Holtz was straight with Minnesota – he had it in his contract that he’d leave for ND if it became available, or so I heard…you can be straight with people and practice integrity if you want to. And maybe Coach Elko told them that this could be short term if the right opportunity opened up…I actually hope he did. But I have no idea.

    BGC ’77 ’82

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  7. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

    Well, let’s check who has the facts straight. A statement offered with no evidence may be refuted with no evidence. (Critchen’s Razor…spelling?) So you stated that 80% of what ND takes in doesn’t depend on 7-5 vs. 11-1. Fine. Show us that data… Show me the numbers that you crunched for that figure. All the onus of proof is on YOU…your statement…bring me your evidence, prove that you did not just flat out make the figure up. The burden of proof is on you…it’s not my responsibility to “disprove” your claim.
    But I can prove, as a matter of legal record that ND pays taxes on some of its sports sales…big money too…and an atrocious decision by the court IMO.
    So send me the data David…Bruce G. Curme 9344 West State Road 8 LaCrosse, Indiana 46348.
    I’ll look it over, and if you are right, I’ll be happy to admit I’m wrong, and I’m a jack ass.

    But if you don’t have that data, and you can’t offer any evidence, don’t have the numbers I have, then “you ain’t got that swing, and don’t mean a thing.” So put up or shut up.

    I’m retired with nothing more to do than my old man “get me out of the house job” a couple days of the week. I’d actually like to review your evidence.

    Here’s what I need:
    Parking proceeds…big money in your favor
    Gate…big money in your favor
    Logo sales…big money in my favor…for the year and the year after (retail marketing being as it is…trendy)
    Toilet Bowl expenses vs. payout…big losses in my favor
    Lost revenue when we don’t get into a “Fiesta Bowl”…big money in my favor
    and finally, and this is the tough one to document…all the gifts to the Snite, the endowed chairs, the funded research institutions, etc., and the homeruns…the buildings bought and paid for by families usually who heard something great (to them) about ND profs and students doing something that touched them deeply out here at ND (often on an NBC blurb about “what would you fight for” or its predecessor commercials…many times by people who previously had zero connection to ND…just liked what they heard on TV or at some event, or from some friend or family member. And that’s exactly the mission of the PR, Fund Raising, and Development wing…”to bring ND to the world and the world to ND.” We’ll negotiate how to asses those very tangible, but hard to document exactly cases. I know some good ones…case studies we learned from Frick, Regan, Sexton and others in a course by the same name at the Graduate School of Business at ND. Frick did not write ABOUT those things like your “experts” at Bloomberg’s…the WROTE THE BOOK ON THEM. He was the father and grandfather of PR, FUND RAISING AND DEVELOPMENT.

    I’m serious, David – I’m offering to verify your statement…but you need to share your data. That’s the best I can do. You know who I am and where I live. Bring it on, or turn it off.

    BGC ’77 ’82

    Bruce G. Curme

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    1. david 2 years ago

      Dude. College football is tax-exempt.

      Put down the shovel.

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      1. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

        Ticket sales are tax exempt. Bowl revenues are tax exempt. Textbooks and toothpaste are tax exempt. All the t-shirts, caps, logo stuff, ugly leprechaun neck ties, autograph footballs, play like a champion wash cloths, and a ton of other stuff that is wildly overpriced in the Bookstore…is NOT TAX EXEMPT. IT IS ALL TAXED JUST LIKE ANY FOR-PROFIT ENTERPRISE…and has been since ND lawyers somehow managed to lose that federal case somebody famously called “textbook and toothpaste vs. apparel and pennant” case some 40 years ago. And it all flows from football, especially at Notre Dame of all places, and even the village idiot knows it’s big big money. Why are you continuing to pretend otherwise?

        BGC ’77 ’82

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      2. david 2 years ago

        Wow. You are one stubborn, stupid SOB.

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    2. jeff 2 years ago

      GET OFF MY LAWN

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    3. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

      Hitchen’s Razor – sorry Christopher…I knew I spelled your name wrong. RIP

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    4. ndcrazymike 2 years ago

      BRUCE do not waste your time with Davey. He knows nothin about everything! just comes on this site to badmouth ND! We all know this guy is a DOPE!!!

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  8. david 2 years ago

    Author of “Champions Way”, a new book by New York Times reporter Mike McIntire, is the latest inquiry into the seedy underbelly of college sports
    Interviewed by Vox on Sept 15, 2017:

    Mike McIntire: “….these athletic programs are part of universities and colleges which are themselves nonprofits. By remaining under the umbrella of tax-exempt institutions, they too remain tax-exempt.”
    —————————-

    So which is the bigger “rag in this example, Bruce? The NY Times, Vox, or the book ?

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    1. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

      Every single one of them who are telling you that caps, t-shirts, sweatshirts, autograph footballs, and all kinds of products sold by the Bookstore are tax exempt are lying right into the public’s face…just to start with. ND is taxed (non-exempt) on all of it…just as any for-profit enterprise is and has been for decades. Not an opinion – simple matter of legal record. And don’t insult my intelligence by saying those sales are not big money or not sports related. JACK ASS.

      BGC

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      1. david 2 years ago

        “Fake News! Failing NY Times! Fake News!”

        I doubt you have a “base” of complete fools, sport.

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  9. Sean 2 years ago

    I do not know how Elko can look these kids in the eye and tell them he is leaving for money. I guess Elko is just about cash.
    To those of us who feel,Notre Dame is a special place, it is hard to fathom.

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    1. Ron Burgundy 2 years ago

      If I offered you the same job you have now but would pay you a million more dollars and you could live in warmer weather with no state income tax……..

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      1. Ryan 2 years ago

        When do I start?!

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      2. Ron Burgundy 2 years ago

        Exactly

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      3. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

        Reread my comment above as many times as it takes to get it Burgundy…but that’s just for me. Money never was a motivator for me, nor for my father before me. Personal choice. Nothing more. It doesn’t interest me. And I don’t look down on people who are highly motivated by it. Society needs wealthy people – needs wealth creators! No question. But to backstab and blindside friends for it? I do look down on that. But maybe Elko was straight with them all along…if so, I’m totally cool with him…even happy for him.

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    2. david 2 years ago

      Jeez Louise, y’all should stick to your Leave it to Beaver reruns.

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    3. Bruce Gregory Curme 2 years ago

      If Elko told them that this might possibly happen ahead of time – from the start, I have no problem with him leaving for the level of security he wins for his family. None at all. But if he did this as a blindside, especially to Tranquil – well let’s just understate it this way…I never would do that…not for all the gold in the solar system. But that’s just me.

      BGC ’77 ’82

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      1. david 2 years ago

        Two things, sport:
        Your basic ignorance of facts has left you with little credibility here, so assurances of your own moral high ground are quite worthless.
        Secondly, I somehow doubt you’ll ever have to face any similar test in your lifetime, making your talk laughably cheap.

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      2. Ryan 2 years ago

        We don’t know exactly what happened and we probably never will. Judging a situation without all of the facts is ignorant. It sucks that he left but we all need to move on and hope that we find a damn good defensive coordinator.

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      3. southside 2 years ago

        BGC, recruiting starts way , way back–how can a coach tell a recruit way , way back—“Oh by the way I might not be here.”

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