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Nick Saban Releases Statement On Controversial Coaching News

Alabama head coach Nick Saban has released a statement on the controversial coaching news surrounding the Crimson Tide’s program this week.

Earlier in the week, AL.com reported that ex-Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin had been brought into the Alabama football program for a consulting role.

Durkin, of course, was fired by Maryland in mid-October stemming from an investigation into the Terrapins’ program following the death of a player.

Alabama was harshly criticized for bringing Durkin into its program. ESPN’s Paul Finebaum called the move “embarrassing.”

Saban has released a statement this evening, clarifying what happened.

“DJ Durkin is spending a few days with our staff in Tuscaloosa from a professional development standpoint. He has not been hired in any capacity at (Alabama). He is simply observing our operation as many other coaches have done through the years,” Saban announced.

Saban has brought into several former head coaches over the years, including Lane Kiffin and Butch Jones.

Alabama is currently getting ready to face Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff.



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