GAINESVILLE, Fla. When Will Muschamp was hired to replace Urban Meyer and started assembling his inaugural Gators coaching staff, he heard a lot of promising reports on a young assistant in his first season on Meyer's staff.
Seemed whomever Muschamp called to ask about D.J. Durkin, the response remained the same.
"Everyone I talked to said he is one of the bright young coaches in college football,'' Muschamp said.
Muschamp also recalled losing a recruit from Atlanta to Durkin Muschamp was defensive coordinator at Auburn and Durkin was on Jim Harbaugh's staff at Stanford at the time a loss that the up-and-coming Muschamp stored away in his memory.
Ultimately, the decision to keep Durkin around was an easy one for Muschamp, much the same way it was in January when Muschamp promoted Durkin from linebackersspecial teams coach to defensive coordinator when Dan Quinn left to return to the NFL.
Durkin faced an ambiguous period when Muschamp assumed control of the program in January 2011...