Ex-Maryland head coach DJ Durkin being considered for new SEC job
An ex-Maryland head coach is being targeted for Texas A&M’s defensive coordinator search. Ole Miss defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin is the primary candidate for the position, according to FOX Sports reporter Bruce Feldman.
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The Aggies are replacing former defensive coordinator Miko Elko, who departed to become the head coach at Duke. Under Elko, the stout Texas A&M unit ranked No. 3 in scoring defense (15.9 points per game) and No. 14 in total defense (327.5 yards per game).
SOURCE: Texas A&M has zeroed in on Ole Miss defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin to become the Aggies new defensive coordinator.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 5, 2022
Durkin revitalized the Ole Miss defense this season. The Rebels improved from 117th to 51st in scoring defense, giving up 24.7 points per game.
Durkin amassed a 10-15 record at Maryland before being fired after the practice-related death of player Jordan McNair. Durkin also served as interim head coach for Florida during its 2015 Birmingham Bowl victory vs. East Carolina.