As a player growing up in Ohio and throughout his college career at Bowling Green, Maryland football coach DJ Durkin wore the same jersey number: 44.
“That was the number I was given in the seventh grade. I liked it, so I kept wearing it,” Durkin recalled.
Considering his own loyalty, Durkin finds it amusing, if sometimes annoying, how many of his players have changed jersey numbers since he came to College Park a little more than 18 months ago.
“Honestly, I’m going to find someone and assign them as ‘the jersey coach,’” Durkin said half-jokingly during the Big Ten Media Days this week in Chicago. “It’s the biggest headache in my life.”