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.
Mike Elko pic.twitter.com/jk6uq2T0Qj
— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) January 4, 2018
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.