We can cross one more open head coaching job off the list.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, Maryland has hired Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin. Before getting to Michigan this season, Durkin spent four years at the University of Florida where he was its linebackers coach for two years before getting promoted to defensive coordinator for his final two seasons there.
Now that the Maryland job is off the market, that means there is one less job for former UGA coach Mark Richt. He reportedly was talking with Maryland officials about the job opening, but there was no report of him actually interviewing for the opening.
There was an interesting connection between Richt and Maryland. Maryland’s senior associate athletic director is Damon Evans, who served as athletic director at UGA and worked underneath Vince Dooley at the time Richt was hired.
Maryland, which finished 3-9, was searching for a new head coach after firing Randy Edsall midway through the season.