Duke AD Nina King names interim head coach, talks 'national search' to replace Mike Elko
Duke athletic director Nina King briefly met with reporters on Monday to address Mike Elko’s departure as the Blue Devils’ head football coach.
Elko accepted the head job at Texas A&M on Monday, leaving Durham after 2 seasons at the helm. Elko went 16-9 overall as Duke’s head coach.
King announced that Trooper Taylor will serve as Duke’s interim coach for the bowl game. Taylor previously served as Duke’s associate head coach and running backs coach.
King also said the Blue Devils would have a “national search” to replace Elko and shared some of the characteristics the program will be looking for in its next head coach.
“Our national search for our next Duke football coach is well underway,” King said, adding that Duke has retained a search firm. “As with our last search, our goal is to find an exceptional head coach to come in and lead this group of elite student-athletes.
“We’ll be thorough in our process and we will certainly work swiftly as we have done before.”
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Duke will learn its bowl destination on Sunday after the final College Football Playoff rankings are revealed.
Duke will likely want to have a head coach in place sooner-rather-than-later. The transfer portal will open on Dec. 4. and the Early Signing Period for the class of 2024 is set to begin on Dec. 20.