Kyle Bogenschutz

Former defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin will not coach Michigan in bowl game

During his introductory press conference, former defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin told reporters that he will not coach in Michigan's bowl game.

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland. -- Former Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin was officially announced as Maryland's new head coach on Thursday.

In the midst of the thank you's and outlining what his team would be like on the field, Durkin told reporters that he will not be coaching the Wolverine defense in its upcoming bowl game.

“I will not be coaching the bowl game at Michigan,” Durkin said. “I said to the players earlier today when we had a team meeting, we’re all getting to know each other here in this room, I am an all-in type of guy and to me, if I’m here, I’m here. I think splitting between would’ve been really hard for me to do and I’m here and want to go do it.”

Durkin, 37, spent one year at U-M as defensive coordinator under head coach Jim Harbaugh before departing Ann Arbor for Maryland. Despite his short stay, Durkin also took a moment to recognize his players he left behind in Ann Arbor.

And, of course, his former boss.

“I can’t say enough about the support the University of Michigan, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Hackett and everyone has had for me and allow me to go do that,” Durkin said. “Also the players at Michigan, those guys were phenomenal and they really bought in and did a heck of a job this year. I’m going to miss those guys and I know they’ll do a great job in the game.”

The defensive coordinator duties have not been defined.

News and notes:

- D.J. Durkin offered Recruiting Coordinator Chris Partridge a position on staff. However, The Michigan Insider has learned that Partridge will remain in Ann Arbor an increased role.


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