Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly confirmed Elko’s departure in a post on Twitter, thanking him for his work during the 2017 season.
Mike Elko pic.twitter.com/jk6uq2T0Qj
— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) January 4, 2018
TexAgs.com first reported Elko’s move to Texas A&M, which had tried to lure LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda before he agreed to a four-year, $10 million contract to remain in Baton Rouge.
Elko, who will coach under new Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, will receive a multiyear contract and is expected to earn approximately $2 million annually at Texas A&M, a source told ESPN’s Chris Low.
Kelly had told IrishIllustrated.com on Dec. 26 that Elko would remain with Notre Dame in 2018, but he added of top defensive coordinators, “The money is crazy and the length of contracts that are being thrown at you.”
Elko upgraded the Notre Dame defense in his lone season on staff, as the Irish increased their turnover and sack totals and improved their record from 4-8 to 10-3. He previously served as Wake Forest’s defensive coordinator and held coordinator posts at Bowling Green and Hofstra.