Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press: This should surprise no one. Not that he's headed to Maryland, but that he is leaving. Durkin is a good coordinator, and good coordinators often get a chance to run their own teams. ... He's a very good coach whose energy made a difference with this year's Wolverines. Still, it's helpful to remember why he was at Michigan. Harbaugh seeks out coaches who bring a certain personality.
Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: Durkin, 37, vaulted [Michigan] into one of the top defenses in the country this season, finishing the regular season ranked No. 4 nationally in total defense (281.3 yards per game), No. 3 in third-down conversation percentage (25.6%) and No. 11 in scoring defense (17.2 points). ... He is known as an outstanding recruiter, with deep Florida roots, and has an extensive resume despite his young age, having worked for Urban Meyer at Bowling Green and Florida and for Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and Michigan.
John Feinstein, The Washington Post: Unless Maryland hired someone with a proven track record in a big-time conference, the new coach was going to be a question mark walking through the door — regardless of any hype that comes with his hiring. And so, as Athletic Director Kevin Anderson unveils Durkin to lead the program on Thursday, no one, including Anderson and Durkin, knows how this will go. What everyone knows is this: Durkin is taking on one of the most difficult jobs in the country.
Alex Kirschner, Testudo Times: There's a lot to like about the notion of Durkin at Maryland. In a lot of ways, I think he's an impressive hire. In addition to his defensive exploits, Durkin is an ace recruiter and would bring a winning ethos to College Park. But based on what I've seen from Michigan this year (and what I've read from people way smarter than me), there's reason to think he'll have to change his scheme drastically to succeed in the short term at Maryland.
Pete Volk, SBNation: When the job first opened, athletic director Kevin Anderson explained the Terps were moving on from Edsall in part to find an "exciting, wide-open offense" to excite the fan base. ... No matter how qualified Durkin is, to follow all that up by hiring a defensive assistant who has never been a head coach is, well, puzzling. And justified or not, it's going to disappoint many Maryland fans.
David Jones, PennLive: I think, with the Terrapins' money and recruiting base, athletic director Kevin Anderson could have done better than the Michigan defensive coordinator with no head coaching experience at any level. ... The problem with hiring a lifetime assistant is, you just don't know how they'll react when they are The Boss.
Ben Axelrod, Bleacher Report: It may not take long for the 37-year-old Durkin to emerge as the hidden gem in this year's college football coaching carousel.
Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun: It'll be awhile before we know if Anderson made the right decision, but Durkin is a guy with a solid pedigree that includes positions on the coaching staffs of several very successful programs. He also was named the nation's top recruiter in 2012, which is reflective of a skill that might be the most important attribute for a coach hoping to elevate a struggling program into the Big Ten elite.