December 7, 2019

Maryland Football: Report–Terps to hire Michigan defensive coordinator DJ Durkin to be next head coach

After Randy Edsall was fired during the Maryland Terrapins bye week, athletic director Kevin Anderson began searching for the next head coach in College Park for football. Interim head coach Mike Locksley finished the season 1-5, the lone victory coming in the season finale against Rutgers. On Wednesday afternoon, Sports Illustrated was the first of many to hear from a source that current Michigan defensive coordinator, D.J. Durkin, will be 36th head coach in the Terrapins history.

Durkin, 37, played defensive end and outside linebacker at Bowling Green until 2000, when he then transitioned to a graduate assistant. After a brief stint at Notre Dame in the same position, Durkin returned to Bowling Green as the defensive end and then linebackers and special teams coach. At Bowling Green, Durkin worked under current Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.

Following a sting at Stanford as the defensive ends and special teams coach with current Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, Durkin returned to work under Meyer at Florida as a linebackers and special teams coach. Durkin remained at Florida when Will Muschamp quickly took over after Meyer resigned and he was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2013 to replace former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator and current Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. In the Gators final game of the 2014 season, Durkin served as interim head coach after Muschamp stepped down.

(Photo by: Tony Ding/AP)

(Photo by: Tony Ding/AP)

Durkin, moving on from Florida, was hired as the defensive coordinator for Michigan less than 11 months ago in a reunion with former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. There, Durkin also coached the teams’ linebackers. Durkin, with Harbaugh, is credited for turning around a dismal program with an aggressive defensive philosophy that gave Maryland fits, 105 total yards, earlier this year. Yes, Durkin had far superior talent in Ann Arbor, but with his reputation of being the 2012 recruiter of the year we could see steady improvement in College Park.

Durkin will not receive a lofty $8 million annual salary that his mentor Harbaugh received from his alma mater. Durkin, the Ohio native, will probably have something similar to Randy Edsall’s $3 million annually, per our best estimates.

It is unknown if either Locksley or current defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski will stay on as coordinators or if Durkin would rather bring in his own associates. It is also unclear whether Durkin was Kevin Anderson’s first choice when compared to the likes of Mark Richt or many other potential candidates.

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After a staff meeting early Sunday, Randy Edsall has been formally informed that he is fired as the University of Maryland’s head football coach (h/t Bruce Feldman). The University made it official 15 minutes after Feldman’s report by tweeting that athletic director Kevin Anderson has relieved Edsall of his duties. As expected, offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, a great recruiter, will be named interim coach for the remaining six days of the season.

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