While Mike Elko is already busy assembling his 2024 coaching staff, there is still one more game in Texas A&M’s 2023 season to go. But with three offensive coaches, including OC Bobby Petrino, already relieved of their duties, and Interim Head Coach Elijah Robinson accepting the DC job at Syracuse, it appeared very much up in the air who would be leading the Aggies as they take on Oklahoma State on Dec. 27 in the TaxAct Texas Bowl.
Luckily, we received some clarify on that on Tuesday from Elijah Robinson himself during a Texas Bowl teleconference.
Elijah Robinson will indeed coach Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl despite taking the Syracuse DC job, said he wants to honor his commitment to the Aggies as interim coach. James Coley and Jim Chaney likely will call the offense.— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) December 5, 2023
Luckily for the Aggies, losing their offensive-minded head coach and their OC doesn’t mean they don’t have capable playcallers. TE Coach James Coley and Analyst Jim Chaney have decades of OC experience between them, so don’t expect the offense to skip a beat (for better or for worse). That said, it will be a bit of a skeleton crew on offense, with Bobby Petrino, Steve Addazio and Dameyune Craig already out the door.
Once again, Robinson has shown why his players have so much devotion to him. I have no idea what his Xs and Os acumen is, but he is the type of man that people want to emulate, and follow. I’m glad to have him on the sidelines in maroon and white one last time.