WATCH: Paul Finebaum weighs in on D.J. Durkin's reported role with Alabama
On Thursday morning, a report surfaced claiming that recently fired Maryland coach D.J. Durkin has entered a consulting role with Alabama’s coaching staff.
So far, the Crimson Tide’s decision to welcome Durkin hasn’t been well received.
Paul Finebaum called the move “a terrible look for the University of Alabama” while making an appearance on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines.” The concern with Durkin centers around the circumstances that led to his firing at Maryland — an investigation into allegations that he fostered a “toxic culture” that led to the death of a Terrapins player.
Below, you can see Finebaum’s take on what this means for the Crimson Tide and coach Nick Saban.
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“I think it is an absolutely terrible, embarrassing look for Nick Saban,” Finebaum said. “This is a man that doesn’t need any more consultants. … To invite the criticism, to bring this on him, I don’t understand.”
The outcry against Alabama still pales in comparison to what the public brought against Terrapins administrators when they originally decided to retain Durkin. The backlash to that move was so strong that the school reversed course the following day and fired Durkin, who had been out of the public eye until Thursday.
As Finebaum pointed out, Saban has recently taken on other troubled former head coaches, but none with a reputation half as bad as Durkin’s. It’s currently unclear if Durkin is in line for a permanent role in Tuscaloosa, but it will be interesting to see how long he sticks around.