The University of Maryland fired former head coach Randy Edsall on October 11th, immediately after the Terrapins lost 48-29 to the Ohio State Buckeyes and sat at 2-4. The team has only gone 1-5 since under interim Mike Locksley, resulting in a 3-9 record and a lost season.
Today, Maryland announced that they have hired D.J. Durkin, the current defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan, as their future head coach. As noted by The Baltimore Sun, Durkin has already assembled an impressive résumé at age 37, coaching under Urban Meyer at Florida and Jim Harbaugh presently at Michigan. However, as noted by SB Nation‘s Pete Volk, the University of Maryland had frequently discussed hiring an innovative offensive coach, which makes the selection of the defense-minded Durkin a bit of a surprise, if not a let-down.
Durkin, who is also noted for his recruiting prowess, will face an uphill battle in attracting premiere recruits to Maryland, who currently sits at the bottom of the Big Ten East. The last time the Terrapins won a bowl game came after the 2010 season, when the team’s offense was led by now-NFL-veteran (and Super Bowl champion) Torrey Smith.