Current Florida Gators interim head coach and defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin has already been told he will not be retained when Jim McElwain takes office in Gainesville, which means one of the youngest and most successful defensive minds in the college game will have to find a new home.
A very logical destination for Durkin now is Michigan, given his past with the newly hired Jim Harbaugh. Durkin was reportedly waiting to see whether the NFL or Michigan would win the tug-of-war for Harbaugh. He spent some time under Harbaugh at Stanford, where he was in charge of the defensive line and special teams.
Durkin is highly regarded as a great recruiter and was named Rivals.com’s Recruiter of the Year in 2012 at Florida. Plus, he is still very young at 36 and carries a very similar energy to Harbaugh’s. They seem to be a perfect match.
However, it’s not as simple as bringing in the young gun. Because Michigan already has a great defensive coordinator in Greg Mattison.
Mattison carries with him all the same qualities as Durkin, minus a little energy that comes with a difference in age. An excellent recruiter who can draw the most out of his players, Mattison certainly is a candidate to keep the position he currently holds.
So, who would you like to see as Michigan’s defensive coordinator next season?
Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of The Big House Report. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.