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Per new article JM in second tier of Duke potential hires..

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Duke football coaching search nears end. Favorites emerge, Jason Garrett among those on radar
BY STEVE WISEMAN UPDATED DECEMBER 07, 2021 3:24 PM
Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott works with players during the Tigers’ spring practice Monday, March 2, 2020.

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Duke football’s coaching search has progressed to a final handful of candidates with the school’s goal of hiring its new head coach by the end of this week within reach.

After showing initial interest in current head coaches like East Carolina’s Mike Houston and Army’s Jeff Monken, Duke’s focus is trained on assistants, led by Clemson’s Tony Elliott and Texas A&M’s Mike Elko.

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The school is looking for a new coach after parting ways with David Cutcliffe, Duke’s coach since 2008, on Nov. 28. While Elko and Elliott are among the final candidates being considered, the search process remains ongoing. A sitting head coach, like Monken or Air Force’s Troy Calhoun, remains attractive to the school.

Elliott is Clemson’s offensive coordinator while Elko coordinates Texas A&M’s defense. Both earn salaries in the $2 million range that put them among the highest paid assistant coaches in college football.

Though Duke is a private school that doesn’t release contract details, the IRS 990 form the school is required to annually file with the federal government showed Cutcliffe’s salary at $2,848,237. But with the changing landscape of college athletics finances, Duke will be certainly increasing that salary package for its next coach.


Their continued involvement, after in-person meetings with Duke officials, shows Elliott and Elko have not been deterred by any financial factors.

If hired, Elliott would become the first person of color to serve as Duke’s head football coach. The 42-year-old Elliott played football at Clemson, where he earned a degree in industrial engineering, from 1999-03. After joining the team as a walk-on, Elliott eventually started four games in 2003 when he was a team captain.

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An Academic all-ACC selection, Elliott won the league’s Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarship award as well.


Elliott began his coaching career in 2006 at S.C. State, where he coached two seasons. After three seasons at Furman, he returned to Clemson and joined its staff in 2011.

In 2017, Elliott won the Broyles Award as college football’s top assistant coach. He’s been courted for head coaching jobs before, including at Tennessee last year.

The 44-year-old Elko holds an Ivy League degree from Penn, where he played linebacker for the Quakers from 1995-98. His coaching stops include one year at Penn in 2000 and 12 seasons working for current Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson at Richmond, Fordham, Bowling Green and Wake Forest.

He left Wake Forest for Notre Dame, where he was defensive coordinator in 2017 before taking the defensive coordinator position at Texas A&M in 2018.


While Elliott and Elko remain in Duke’s sights, former Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett remains on the school’s radar as well. Though he’s never coached college football, Garrett played quarterback at Princeton before embarking on an NFL playing and coaching career.

He was the Cowboys’ head coach from 2010, when he was initially the interim head coach, until 2019, compiling an 85-67 record. Hired as the New York Giants offensive coordinator in 2020, he was fired from that position on Nov. 23.

After leading East Carolina to a Military Bowl appearance this season, Houston signed a contract extension last Thursday with the Pirates and thus was out of Duke’s search process as it was just beginning.

In addition to Monken, others who have been involved in the process include Indianapolis Colts running backs coach Scottie Montgomery, Dallas Cowboys senior defensive assistant George Edwards and Duke interim head coach, Trooper Taylor. Both Montgomery and Edwards are former Duke players who also coached at the school as assistants.
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Monken isnt getting the Duke job or any job
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While I’m cautiously optimistic - a few things seem odd. First the article sounds like it’s floating new info but other than the Jason Garrett tidbit - you can also read the article and realize there’s nothing really new here. Second, given NSD, the recruiting picture and the impression that interviews (at least some) have already taken place - why the delay? Perhaps they are finalizing a deal and it’s on the down low, but other schools have lost and hired coaches during this same time period. Finally, why the random name du jour floating in? One day it’s Todd Monken, then George Edwards and today Jason Garrett. Possibly just a little smoke to shift focus and by a little time…

I think Army is in radio silence as we get ready to cross the LD on Saturday (no extension, news, etc.), but once the game is over, all bets are off. We’ll have to wait and see but the closer we get to Saturday without a Duke hire the more nervous I get.
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Much of the "lists of names" and "random names" coming out of nowhere is driven by the agents, who use their connections to get their guy's name out there even if the actual school has zero interest. That was done with monken back in the 2018 hiring cycle quite a bit. One school was listed as having him on their "short" list when they talked to him, once, on the phone regarding a DIFFERENT coach. Total push by his agent to get his name out there.
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90% of these articles are driven by agents trying to hype their clients or writers with no sources throwing names against a wall.

It is an easy way to write an article.
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Boy do I hope that WPGRad and others are correct. I'm certainly suspicious of the Agents and the games.

However, I have a totally different feeling this go around. Don't be shocked if he's out by Sunday Night or early next week.

Man I sure hope I'm wrong. But have to disagree with you guys this go around.

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Multiple reports indicate Poindexter is out and Elliott is now the front runner at UVA.

Meanwhile crickets in Durham.
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I share the growing concern over the time it’s taking Duke to name a new HC. I get UVA’s deal - no sign their former coach would split so no process in place when he announced his exit to find a new guy. But Duke terminated Cutcliffe on November 27th and given the teams lousy year and his age, the Duke AD had to have had candidates in mind - and may have been talking to them - by at least mid season. Who knows what will go down but every day that passes without Duke introducing a new HC NOT named Monken makes me nervous.
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Virginia is going to hire the guy from Clemson, who was also considering Duke hence the delay on their end. now that they know they can't get the clemson guy, they are going to hire Elko. Monken isn't going anywhere
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wpgrad wrote: Thu Dec 09, 2021 9:54 am Virginia is going to hire the guy from Clemson, who was also considering Duke hence the delay on their end. now that they know they can't get the clemson guy, they are going to hire Elko. Monken isn't going anywhere

Okay wpgrad, you put a stake in the ground, and I never wanted anyone anywhere anytime to be right more than I want you to be right (except Constant, when he attempted to predict the last election). If you are right, you're my new hero. If you're not, I'll hate you till I die.

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