Mike Elko could be nearing a return to College Station as multiple reports have stated that the Duke head coach will take the same position with Texas A&M.

Elko, Jimbo Fisher’s defensive coordinator from 2018 to 2021 — when he was hired by Duke — will take the reins at a pivotal time for the Aggies football program. It’s been playing catchup with Texas, who will join the SEC with Oklahoma in 2024 and could be positioned for (at worst) a New Year’s 6 bowl. Meanwhile, A&M, who ended the 2020 season a Top 4 team and as the Orange Bowl champion, never took the next step under Fisher: it missed a bowl in 2022 and hovered around .500 in 2023, costing Fisher his job.

Elko, for his part, took over for the retired David Cutcliffe in Durham and immediately breathed new life into the Duke program. The Blue Devils were 9-4 in 2022 — their most wins since 2014 — and are currently 7-5. Now, he’ll be tasked with improving the Aggies’ fortunes.

Here’s reaction (both good and bad) across social media following news of the reported hire: