Ole Miss signs DJ Durkin as an assistant coach. It is Durkin’s first job after Maryland fired him in 2018 for no apparent reason. Maryland suspended Jordan McNair died of heatstroke in June 2018. However, the school reinstated him, but only to fire him in October of the same year.
In 2019, he spent most of the year as a consultant for the Atlanta Falcons and a couple of college football programs. He stayed in Maryland and continued to get paychecks from the University of Maryland. Also, he busied himself coaching his children’s sports teams.
After an extensive background check, the University of Mississippi is comfortable in hiring Durkin. Both campus and athletic administration officials approved Durkin’s hiring. Athletic director Keith Carter told betting picks sites that they received great feedback about Durkin’s work ethic and character. He believes that the coach will have a positive impact on the community.
Ole Miss Signs DJ Durkin
Carter thinks that Durkin is an excellent addition to their football program coach staff. Before his dismissal in Maryland, Durkin had a promising career as a coach. He worked his way up in various college football programs, including Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan, Stanford, and Bowling Green.
Betting odds experts saw potential in Durkin when he was the first defensive coordinator in Michigan under coach Jim Harbaugh. Maryland hired him as the head coach before the start of the 2016 season. During that time, he was known as one of the rising stars among coaches in college football.
In his first season with Maryland, he led the team to a bowl game. Also, he attracted top recruits in 2017 and 2018. In his two seasons with the team, he had a standing of 10-15. However, most people who bet on sports remember him for his suspension after McNair collapsed and died during an offseason workout in 2018. Although two independent investigations found him not guilty, public backlash after his reinstation led to his firing.