Not two months after he was fired as the head coach at Maryland, DJ Durkin has reappeared on the college football scene, this time in the SEC.
According to AL.com, Durkin has been working with Alabama “in a consultant-like capacity,” for the past week. The former head coach was fired by Maryland in late October following an investigation into the culture of the program and the death of Terrapins player Jordan McNair.
There is no indication that Durkin will have a permanent role with the Crimson Tide, though many former head coaches have landed on Nick Saban’s staff over the years.
Durkin was on paid administrative leave for nearly three months following a report released by ESPN which detailed accusations of a “toxic culture” surrounding the Maryland football program. He was originally reinstated after the Maryland Board of Regents made the recommendation, but was fired shortly after due to the backlash from fans, media and students.
In two seasons, Durkin compiled a 10-15 record in College Park. He did not coach a single game in the 2018 season.
Alabama is currently preparing for its College Football Playoff clash with Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29.