Thursday, December 13, 2018
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090
Former Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin has turned up around the football program at No. 1 Alabama, The Birmingham News reports.
Durkin is working with the Crimson Tide in what the newspaper reports is a “consultant-like capacity” over the last week.
In October, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents recommended his retention after two probes following the death of Jordan McNair. That was despite a determination by regents that Durkin shared some of the blame for the troubled culture of the football program. The program has been under a microscope since the freshman’s June death, which was caused by heatstroke suffered in a May practice.
He had been on administrative leave since Aug. 11. However, the following day, President Wallace Loh fired Durkin. Following outcry, the chair of the Board of Regents resigned.
Alabama is set to face No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29, with the winner advancing to the College Football Playoff National Championship.