Tar Heels Targeting Durkin

North Carolina is targeting D.J. Durkin to lead its defense, according to multiple sources. The Florida defensive coordinator is serving as interim head coach for the Gators in the Birmingham Bowl.

Tar Heel head coach Larry Fedora met with Durkin on Sunday, sources confirmed, and the UNC administration has granted Fedora the ability to offer a competitive financial package.

The 36-year-old Durkin served two seasons as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach under Will Muschamp, who was fired by Florida last month. The Gators were ranked Top 10 nationally in defense both seasons Durkin was in charge of the unit.

Prior to Florida, Durkin was the linebackers and special teams coach at Florida (2010-12), and defensive ends and special teams coach at Stanford (2007-09).

Durkin was a four-year starter during his playing days at Bowling Green (1997-2000). He was a graduate assistant at Bowling Green and Notre Dame before returning to Bowling Green as a full time assistant.

UNC associate head coach for defense, Vic Koenning, was let go last week, though the school has yet to make an official announcement. The Tar Heels finished the 2014 regular season ranked 115th nationally in total defense (495.7 ypg) and 116th in scoring defense (38.9).

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