University of Maryland football coach DJ Durkin, who had been suspended since August, has been fired in the wake of the heatstroke death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair and two reports commissioned by the board of regents.
The Terps will go into Michigan Stadium two years after beating the Brady Hoke-coached Wolverines as more than four-touchdown underdogs to play a team that Jim Harbaugh has turned into legitimate national championship contenders.
A little more than 13 months after sitting in the visitors' coaching box for Michigan's 28-0 shutout win at Maryland, DJ Durkin will stand on the visiting sideline Saturday at Michigan Stadium in his ninth game as Terps head coach.
Last Wednesday, Harbaugh and his Michigan coaching staff embarked on a month-long trip that includes 38 camps in 21 states across two countries. Monday, the eighth stop on that journey was in Baltimore.
When St. Frances hosts Michigan at Patterson Park for a satellite camp on June 6, it will put coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines staff in front of some of the top football talent from Baltimore and across the state, much like it will for the 35 camps Michigan has scheduled in 20 states and two countries.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has taken plenty of flack for his choice to take a week of the Wolverines¿ spring practice on the road in Bradenton, Fla., home to many of the country¿s top recruits at IMG Academy. There¿s been no shortage of critics in college football, but Maryland coach DJ Durkin isn't one of them.
DJ Durkin was in South Florida last June during Michigan¿s satellite camp tour when he noticed a defensive back fighting for a chance to take on some of the area¿s top talent over and over again. Antwaine Richardson, Durkin said, was cutting back in line to get more reps and show what he could do to Durkin, then Michigan¿s defensive coordinator, and Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh. They were impressed, and offered him a scholarship, which Richardson accepted June 12.
When Pete Lembo first met DJ Durkin last June at a Michigan camp, he was taken with Jim Harbaugh's young defensive coordinator. Lembo, then the coach at Ball State, wouldn't have batted an eye if he had just spent the whole day with Harbaugh, spoke at the campers and then gone on his way.
When Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson introduced DJ Durkin as the university's 36th football coach Thursday, he kept coming back to one thing during his comments: Durkin's pedigree. By now, it's well-known that Durkin coached under Jim Harbaugh at Michigan and Stanford and under Urban Meyer at Florida and Bowling Green. He was on the same staffs as current Stanford coach David Shaw and Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who was the defensive coordinator for the Super Bowl XLVIII-champion
It would be difficult not to be charmed by new Maryland football coach DJ Durkin. The 37-year-old former Michigan defensive coordinator is young, energetic, well-spoken and — by some accounts — as competitive as the uber-intense Jim Harbaugh, who he was working for at Michigan when he got the call from Terps athletic director Kevin Anderson. So, he can strike the good first impression off the checklist of important coaching attributes he has brought to Maryland, after Thursday's
Gilman's Devery Hamilton has played just eight games at offensive tackle, but his skills and his 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame stood out enough to draw offers from several national powers. On Wednesday, he announced his commitment to Michigan.
When asked today about he and his brother, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, being linked to the University of Michigan football job held by embattled coach Brady Hoke, Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed support for his friend.
Every time the University of Michigan football job is vacant or the coach becomes embattled, NFL coaches and brothers John Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh are quickly linked to the Wolverines' head-coaching position.