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DJ Durkin out to make his mark with first season as Maryland coach set to begin

DJ Durkin out to make his mark with first season as Maryland coach set to begin

Twice in 15 years as an assistant coach, DJ Durkin watched close up as a first-time head coach tried putting his stamp on a program.

Durkin was fresh out of Bowling Green when Urban Meyer was hired in 2001 to turn around a 2-9 Falcons team that the 23-year-old graduate assistant had just captained. Meyer, 37 at the time, went 8-3 the first season and 9-3 the second year before leaving for Utah.

A decade later, Durkin was on Meyer's staff at Florida when Meyer decided to take a one-year hiatus before moving on to Ohio State. Will Muschamp, then an up-and-coming 39-year-old defensive coordinator at Texas, kept Durkin. After four seasons and a 28-21 record, Muschamp...

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