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Michigan's D.J. Durkin on Maryland report: No comment

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
D.J. Durkin


Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin reportedly has interviewed for the head coaching job at Maryland, but with three days until the Michigan-Ohio State game, he did not want to answer questions about his future.

According to a sourced report in Yahoo Sports posted on Wednesday, the 37-year-old Durkin already has met with Maryland officials about the opening there.

Durkin sidestepped a question Wednesday before practice regarding the reported interview.

“To answer rumors and speculation right now and put something to it, my total focus 100 percent is on Ohio State and nothing else this week,” Durkin said.

Michigan faces Ohio State in the final regular-season game on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

“This week is so important to our guys, my 100 percent focus is on this game and our players,” Durkin said. “That’s what this profession is all about. You’ve got to make sure you’re taking care of your job and the job you have week in and week out. It’s a tough task, especially with this team this week.”

Durkin was Florida’s interim head coach for the bowl game last season after Will Muschamp stepped down. The natural progression for a coordinator typically is landing a head-coaching job.
“My goal is to get the best game plan possible together for Ohio State and have our guys go play well,” Durkin said.

According to the Yahoo report, Durkin, who has shaped the No. 2-ranked Michigan defense, was not made an offer, “but the interview went well,” sources told Yahoo Sports.

After Jim Harbaugh took the Michigan job, he reunited with Durkin, with whom he worked at Stanford from 2007-09. Heading into Saturday’s regular-season finale against Ohio State, Michigan’s defense is ranked No. 2 nationally, and No. 4 against the run and No. 6 in scoring.

Maryland fired Randy Edsall early last month.