When Florida lost Charlie Strong to Louisville, the Gators didn’t just lose their defensive coordinator, they also lost their linebackers coach. It looks like Florida has filled at least one of those openings with the hiring of D.J. Durkin to coach the linebackers and special teams. The defensive coordinator position is, of course, still up in the air.Durkin comes to Florida from Stanford where he coached defensive ends and special teams. He’s yet another assistant with previous links to head coach (to be I guess) Urban Meyer. After playing defensive end at Bowling Green from 1997-2000, Durkin joined Meyer’s staff as a graduate assistant for two years. In 2001, he was part of a staff that produced the MAC’s top defense.In 2003, Durkin went to Notre Dame for two years where he continued...

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