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An Updated Hot Board for the Vols’ Coaching Search

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D.J. Durkin

Quick Bio: Once considered one of the hottest names in coaching, D.J. Durkin’s name has taken a little bit of a hit since taking the head coaching job at Maryland. He got the Terps to a bowl game in his first year but went 4-8 in his second season this year. But Durkin still boasts a solid background as a defensive coach and was successful as a linebackers coach and defensive coordinator for Florida under Will Muschamp.

Pros: Durkin has been a defensive coordinator for both Florida and Michigan and has been able to recruit exceptionally well at Maryland, a place that isn’t known for its recruiting prowess. He’s also coached at Bowling Green, Notre Dame and Stanford.

Cons/Questions: Durkin hasn’t been proven as a head coach and hasn’t been the most impressive in his brief career as Maryland’s head coach. Vol fans won’t like his lack of head coaching experience and his losing record overall as a head coach.

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