In October, the University of Maryland fired head football coach Randy Edsall after a series of lackluster performances. Immediately, the Terps universe was full of speculation about who would get the next crack at the top job. Now, they’ve finally made their decision.
The university has announced that the next head coach at Maryland will be 37-year-old D.J. Durkin, whose most recent job was defensive coordinator for the University of Michigan. Durkin has never been a head coach before, but he’s widely considered to be a rising star in the field.
“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. 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,” the team’s athletics director Kevin Anderson said in a release.
Durkin is known for his “fiery” personality and, according to one Michigan player, his “explosability” (no, that’s not a real word). He’s got a lot to prove in this new, high profile job. It’ll be interesting to watch how he handles it.
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