Nick Saban has helped many former college football head coaches re-start their careers, from Lane Kiffin to Butch Jones, and it appears he might be doing the same this week.
AL.com is reporting that Alabama has brought in a fired Big Ten head coach to help behind the scenes this week.
The coach: former Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin.
Matt Zenitz has more details:
Former Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin, fired in October after a lengthy investigation into the death of one of his players, has resurfaced at Alabama.
In his first foray back into football since his October firing, Durkin has been helping Alabama this past week in a consultant-like capacity, sources told AL.com. It’s unclear at this point if Durkin could have a long-term role on Nick Saban’s Alabama staff though, according to sources.
Durkin was fired from Maryland in October. He was suspended to start the season following an investigation into his program and was briefly reinstated in mid-October, only to later get fired.
Alabama is getting ready to face Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff.
The Crimson Tide and the Sooners are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Saturday, Dec. 29. The game will be on ESPN.