Perhaps Maryland will be staying inside the Big Ten to make its head-coaching hire.
According to a Wednesday-morning report from Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde, Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin is a "strong candidate" for the Terps' vacant head-coaching position and has even interviewed for the job, but no job offer was made.
Durkin has spent his first season at Michigan running one of the best defenses in the country. The Wolverines rank second in the nation in total defense, allowing 263.1 yards per game, and sixth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 14.9 points per game. Michigan is the FBS' fourth-best team when it comes to stopping the pass, allowing 162.9 passing yards per game, and the fourth-best team when it comes to stopping the run, allowing 100.2 rushing yards per game. The Wolverines lead the Big Ten in all of those categories except scoring defense, where they rank third behind Wisconsin and Ohio State.
Maryland got an up close and personal look at the Michigan defense earlier this season, when the Wolverines shut out the Terps, 28-0. Maryland gained just 105 total yards in that game and threw three interceptions.
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Prior to leading a sensational defense this season in Ann Arbor, Durkin spent five seasons at Florida, the last two working as the Gators' defensive coordinator. He spent three seasons on Jim Harbaugh's staff at Stanford and served as an assistant at Bowling Green.
While Durkin is a credentialed assistant, his selection would seem to differ from some of the criteria set by athletics director Kevin Anderson and rumored to be set by Under Armour boss and Maryland football supporter Kevin Plank. Durkin is young, however he is a defensive guy and does not have an offensive background, which Anderson stressed. Plank has been rumored to want a big name for the open job, and Durkin would not fit that mold, either.
According to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman, however, Maryland might be having trouble getting a big name to listen.
The #Maryland coaching search has been pretty wild. Terps have reached out to a bunch of big names but many of those had no interest.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 25, 2015