College football followers everywhere were surprised to see “D.J. Durkin” and “Alabama” in the same headline Thursday. The former Maryland coach, fired as the result of a Terrapins player dying this summer after a team workout, is apparently helping out in a consultant capacity. Durkin’s closest prior connection to Nick Saban is serving as an assistant under Will Muschamp (2011-14, Florida).

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The move is not popular with college football fans or media members, something evident in the sampling of tweets on the subject:

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