ESPN College Gameday Awkwardly Puts Duke Coach Mike Elko On The Spot About Michigan State Job
Michigan State officially fired Mel Tucker earlier this week, which formally kicked off the Spartans' search for their next head coach.
One name that seems to be on every MSU shortlist — perceived or otherwise — is Mike Elko, who's in his second year at Duke. Through one-and-a-third season with the Blue Devils, Elko has put together a 13-4 record, which includes a 9-4 finish in his inaugural campaign at Duke.
The job he's done making a basketball school where football is a distant afterthought competitive has turned a lot of heads. Especially when Duke kicked off 2023 with a 28-7 waxing of Clemson on Labor Day.
That's what made what happened on ESPN College Gameday so awkward Saturday morning.
The show was broadcast for from Duke's campus in light of the Blue Devils' primetime showdown with Notre Dame. During a segment where the hosts riff on various news stories and topics throughout the sport, MSU's coaching search came up. With Elko just off camera, Pat McAfee decided to address the elephant in the room and, well, just take a look for yourself.
Now THAT'S good television.
And if you're a Spartan fan who's disappointed in how Elko reacted, take it with a grain of salt. It wouldn't be the first time a coach publicly denied his candidacy for another job only to wind up in the position in which he supposedly had no interest a short time thereafter.