In a surprising spin on the coaching carousel, longtime Dallas Cowboys head coach and recently fired New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was reported to be “on the radar” for the Duke Blue Devils head coaching job, according to Steve Wiseman of the News & Observer.
The frontrunners were said to be Clemson’s Tony Elliott and Texas A&M’s Mike Elko but it appears that Elliott is going to take the Virginia job. Meanwhile, there were a lot of people wondering if Garrett, who has never coached in college football, would actually be a fit.
Turns out, we might find out. Monday Night Countdown host Suzy Kolber tweeted on Friday that Garrett is now the “frontrunner” for the job.
Hearing Jason Garrett is frontrunner for Duke HC job. Having witnessed Jason behind the scenes speaking to/teaching young men-incredibly powerful and truly inspirational! A great fit! Hope this happens! #Duke
— Suzy Kolber (@SuzyKolber) December 10, 2021
“Hearing Jason Garrett is frontrunner for Duke HC job,” tweet Kolber. “Having witnessed Jason behind the scenes speaking to/teaching young men-incredibly powerful and truly inspirational! A great fit! Hope this happens!”
Kolber is not one for breaking news, and her tweet reads a bit more like an endorsement than a new item, but it certainly got a lot of people wondering if an official announcement is coming soon. And as far as how Garrett would adjust to the college game, that’s a question a lot of people are wondering about on social media. Some think he’ll be a great fit while others wonder why Duke would go this route.
Can’t think of a better fit for JG. He would do really well at Duke. https://t.co/5NhlXHiS4u
— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) December 10, 2021
Hey that’s where we said he should go. Fits him. https://t.co/xYL2jwXyWG
— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) December 10, 2021
One less obstacle for UVA https://t.co/qVdgD61ydD
— Streaking the Lawn (@STL_UVA) December 10, 2021
Yup Jason Garrett is the right hire. Please don’t consider Elko anymore. Jason Garrett is a legend and everyone in Texas agrees that Duke is getting the next Saban of they take him https://t.co/cGSO3AtXxG
— Barstool Texas A&M (@BarstoolTexasAM) December 10, 2021
somebody said “Duke has no expectation of making the playoffs, so it’s a perfect fit” 💀 https://t.co/94BXistwau
— Parker Thune (@ParkerThune) December 10, 2021
So does everyone else in the ACC… https://t.co/0nT0oiF4Sb
— Kyle J. Andrews (@KyleJAndrews_) December 10, 2021
Mack Brown and Jason Garrett coaching against each other at rival schools? Sign. Me. Up. https://t.co/NxYqKcf7CF
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 10, 2021
Disclaimer: It might work out! Herm has been pretty good at ASU, NCAA issues aside.
I have no idea why anyone would call Jason Garrett a good fit at Duke. He's coached as much CFB as you or I have. He doesn't ooze charisma that would make their recruiting pop. I don't get it
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) December 10, 2021
We’ll see if anything actually comes of this but clearly if Duke does hire Garrett, it’s going to lead to a lot of fun conversations around college football.