When looking to fill roles on your new staff, there are a number of different approaches coaches have traditionally taken.
You can bring your entire staff with you, like Scott Frost opted to do when he left UCF for Nebraska. After all, they're the ones that were instrumental in the success that ultimately led to you landing that next job, and as Frost said at the time - leaving guys behind is "not the right thing to do."
Another approach is targeting the hottest coordinator on the market, like many head coaches at new programs, or those looking to upgrade their current situation, opt to do every year. Think Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada leaving for a big contract at LSU a few years ago, or Jeremy Pruitt leaving Florida State after a year to go Georgia and then Alabama a few years later, or Dave Aranda leaving Wisconsin for LSU. The list goes on and on.
Then there's the approach Jimbo Fisher shared today at SEC Media Days, which was the thought process that led him to lure Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko away from Notre Dame.
Elko spent the 2017 season at Notre Dame helping Brian Kelly turn around the Irish defense, and before that, Elko had been the defensive coordinator at Wake Forest. In 2016, Wake Forest gave a Seminole team that would go on to finish 10-3 all they could handle, before the Seminoles pulled out a 17-6 win.
Now Elko will be calling the Aggies defense.
Surely, Jimbo vetted some other coaches for the opening, but in the end, he wanted the guy that gave him fits as a coordinator on the other side of the ball, and that's a great approach to take.
Below are a few more noteworthy nuggets from Jimbo's time at the podium.