"We began this search looking for a candidate with qualities that aligned with our vision for the football program, and throughout the process it became clear D.J. was the perfect fit," athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a statement announcing Durkin's hiring. "He has had success at some of the nation's most preeminent football programs, is recognized as one of the top recruiters in the country and is widely respected as one the top young coaches across the college football landscape."
"It's based on leadership and who was going to be the best leader for our young men," said Anderson, who declined to disclose Durkin's contract terms. "As I went through the process, we started to meet with many people and at the end of the day the person who stuck out in our mind was D.J."