As David Beaty coaches out the string for Kansas football, athletic director Jeff Long has launched a search for his successor. This morning, rumors about former Maryland coach D.J. Durkin popped up.
Jayhawk Slant, the Rivals site covering the Jayhawks, reported that Long spoke with Durkin about the opening.
Reporter Jon Kirby went on to say that it was Durkin who reached out, and that he is not being considered.
It would be surprising that any Power Five program, even struggling Kansas football, would consider D.J. Durkin just weeks after he was fired by Maryland.
Durkin was let go a day after being reinstated, following a months-long investigation into the culture of his program, and the death of former Terrapins offensive lineman Jordan McNair stemming from an off-season workout.
There is definitely some disagreement over the handling of Durkin, but it would be shocking to see him getting looks at head coaching jobs for the foreseeable future, even if those looks are cursory in nature.
Long took to Twitter to reject any notion that Durkin was thought of for the job:
KU fans, you don’t know me very well if you believe the latested speculation, I attempt to run a very confidential search and I am doing so now. The search is ongoing. Rock Chalk!!
— Jeff Long (@jefflongKU) November 10, 2018
Les Miles has been the main rumored candidate so far in this young search. Long and associate AD Sean Lester were set to head to Baton Rouge on Thursday, but the flight from Dallas was canceled, and they headed back to Lawrence, according to a report by CBS Sports‘ Dennis Dodd.
Still, it seems like the former LSU coach will be involved in this search going forward.