ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Don't both asking Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin where his focus might be this week. Without a moments hesitation he will tell you that he is focused on the next game.
He is preparing for Ohio State.
However, something else might be coming up on the horizon for Durkin in the form of a promotion. According to a report from Yahoo's Pat Forde on Wednesday, Durkin appears to be a "strong candidate" for the head coaching position opening at Maryland. Forde even went as far as saying that Durkin has met with Maryland officials but has not been offered the job.
When asked about his interest in the opening, Durkin said this focus is on his current team and preparations for the next game.
"This week is so important to our guys my 100-percent focus is on this game and on our players," Durkin said. "That's what this profession is all about. You've got to make sure that 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 has worked his way up the ladder to become one step away from being a head coach for a division one program under the age of 40. When asked about his professional goals, Durkin did not make it clear what the next steps where for him in the future. Like the rest of the team, the goals are for preparing for Ohio State.
"My goal is to get the best gameplan possible together for Ohio State and have our guys go play well," Durkin said. "To answer rumors and speculation right now, and put something to it, my total focus,100-percent, is on Ohio State and nothing else."