By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Mike Elko was considered a front-runner for the Temple Owls head coaching position. However, on Wednesday, he withdrew his name from consideration.
He will remain with the Texas A&M Aggies. The South Brunswick Township, New Jersey native spent the 2018 season as the Aggies Defensive Coordinator.
Elko was a front-runner with Miami (Florida) Hurricanes Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz. Like Elko, Diaz has never been a head coach before.
Prior to joining the Aggies, he was the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s Defensive Coordinator in 2017. He also spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach.
The 41-year-old — who played safety for the Penn Quakers — also served as the Bowling Green Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach.
He also was the Hofstra Pride Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs/Linebackers Coach from 2006 through 2008. He also was the Richmond Spiders Special Teams/Recruiting Coordinator/Linebackers Coach in 2004 and 2005.
Elko served as the Fordham Rams Co-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach in 2002 and 2003. He also was the Merchant Marine Mariners Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach in 2001.
He spent the 2000 season as the Quakers Defensive Backs Coach. He began his coaching career as the Stony Brook Seawolves Graduate Assistant/Inside Linebackers Coach in 1999.
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