I've eaten four or five bowls of crow in the last hour. - I'm just leaving it up there un-amended because I deserve it.
Since you’re manning up, I’ll present this as more of an “encouragement” post than an argument...if it is Elliott.
Here are some coordinators who got their first head coaching job at big time programs and succeeded:
Jimbo Fisher-Florida State
Dabo Swinney-Clemson (actually was just a WR coach)
Ryan Day-Ohio State
So you see, there are actually more hires that turned out successfully in recent years from the assistant coaching ranks than from head coaching ranks. Or so it seems.
I agree with you that my preference is a proven head coach. But if we couldn’t land that, I’m going to trust White and his track record. There is plenty of precedent to believe that Elliott could get the job done. Not that he’s guaranteed to...but that he could.