Report: D.J. Durkin Met With Maryland, Emerges As ‘Strong Candidate’

    D.J. Durkin has met with the Maryland Terrapins about their open head coaching position. He's reportedly a "strong candidate" to land the job.

    November 25, 2015

    D.J. Durkin has put together a very successful young career as an assistant coach, and because of that, he might just be on the verge of making the jump to the next level.

    One university with an open head coaching position, who’s reportedly interested in Durkin, is Maryland. The Terrapins parted ways with former head coach Randy Edsall midseason.

    According to Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, Durkin and the Terrapins have been in contact, and he has left a good impression on the university.

    Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin has emerged as a strong candidate for the vacant Maryland head-coaching job, multiple sources have told Yahoo Sports.

    Durkin, 37, met recently with Maryland officials, sources said. No job offer was made, but the interview went well, sources said.

    Durkin has strong defensive background. He got his start with Bowling Green as the Falcons’ defensive ends coach in 2005. In 2013, he was promoted by Will Muschamp from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators.

    Following Muschamp’s firing, Jim Harbaugh scooped Durkin up to be Michigan’s defensive coordinator. His unit has turned in a spectacular season, ranking No. 10 in total defense, No. 6 in scoring defense and No. 4 in passing and rushing defense.

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