- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

D.J. Durkin, who spent this past season as the defensive coordinator at Michigan, has been hired as Maryland’s next coach, the university announced on Tuesday.

Durkin, 37, has been lauded as a bright young defensive mind and a steadfast recruiter. He will replace Randy Edsall, who was fired midway through his fifth season in October, and interim coach Mike Locksley.

Maryland will introduce Durkin at a press conference on campus Thursday afternoon.

“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.”

Durkin, who has also been serving as the linebackers coach under Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, spent the previous two seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Florida. He was the Gators’ special teams coordinator for three years before adding his defensive responsibilities and arrived at Florida after serving as Harbaugh’s special teams coordinator for three seasons at Stanford.

A defensive end and outside linebacker at Bowling Green, where he was a team captain for two seasons, Durkin led the Falcons in sacks as a sophomore in 1998. He was a graduate assistant in 2001 and 2002 and was a graduate assistant at Notre Dame in 2003 and 2004 before returning to Bowling Green for the next two seasons.

“Maryland’s commitment to excellence in the classroom, on the field and in the community aligns with my principles of building an elite program,” Durkin said in the statement. “I look forward to bringing an exciting and successful brand of football to our passionate fan base and supporters.”

Edsall went 22-34 during his tenure in College Park and was fired on Oct. 11 after the Terrapins fell to 2-4. Locksley, the offensive coordinator, was given the interim title and went 1-5, with his lone win occurring when Maryland beat Rutgers on Saturday to end the season.

Maryland played in a bowl game each of the last two seasons, losing both. It last won a conference title in 2001, when it represented the ACC in the Orange Bowl and lost, 56-23, to Florida.

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