Jim Harbaugh responds to former DC D.J. Durkin being placed on leave as Maryland head coach
Before D.J. Durkin became Maryland’s head coach, he spent the 2015 season as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach on Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan staff. It was a reunion for the two who coached together at Stanford from 2007-09.
On Saturday, Durkin was placed on administrative leave by Maryland after two explosive reports by ESPN were published. The first ESPN report addressed the events surrounding the death of Maryland OL Jordan McNair after a May workout. The second report focused on what the World Wide Leader’s reporters dubbed a “toxic culture” at Maryland. Durkin’s staff reportedly used fear, intimidation, belittling and bullying as a way to control and push their players. When Harbaugh spoke to the media Monday, he did not have much to say about his former coordinator.
Harbaugh told reporters he has not talked to Durkin since the Terrpains head coach was placed on leave. The Michigan head coach was asked for his thoughts on Durkin’s coaching style (something that was bound to be asked given Durkin’s Michigan ties), but Harbaugh punted on commenting, saying he could not speak for another head coach.
Jim Harbaugh says he hasn’t talked with DJ Durkin since he was put on leave by Maryland. When asked about Durkin’s coaching style, Harbaugh said he can’t speak for any head coach or program but his own.
— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) August 14, 2018