Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin has emerged as a "strong candidate" to become the next head coach at Maryland, according to a report from Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports.
Durkin, 37, met recently with Maryland officials, sources said. No job offer was made, but the interview went well, sources said.
Durkin is in his first season at Michigan after holding the same position at Florida. When head coach Will Muschamp announced he would step down at the end of the 2014 regular season, Durkin coached the Gators to a 28-20 win in the Birmingham Bowl.
This season, Michigan ranks second in the nation in yards allowed per play (4.0) and fourth in nation in points allowed per game (14.9).
At the beginning of the search process, athletic director Kevin Anderson stressed that Maryland wanted a coach who ran a modern college offense, which would make the hiring of a defensive-minded coach something of a departure from the initial announcement of characteristics the team was seeking.
Durkin is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and has also coached at Bowling Green and Stanford. Maryland finishes its season on Saturday against Rutgers.