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D.J. Durkin, Kevin Anderson officially announce coach's hiring at Maryland

Maryland's 36th head football coach meets the media at a Thursday morning press conference.

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D.J. Durkin is officially coming to Maryland as the Terrapins' 36th head football coach. He'll be introduced at an 11 a.m. press conference on Thursday.

In an athletic department release, Durkin and Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson each made their first public comments on Durkin's hiring.

"On behalf of the entire University of Maryland community, I am thrilled to welcome D.J., his wife, Sarah, and their children, Abigail and Luke, to College Park," Anderson said. "We began this search looking for a candidate with qualities that aligned with our vision for the football program, and throughout the process it became clear D.J. was the perfect fit. He has had success at some of the nation's most preeminent football programs, is recognized as one of the top recruiters in the country and is widely respected as one the top young coaches across the college football landscape."

And here's Durkin:

"I want to thank Kevin Anderson, Dr. Loh, Damon Evans and the entire search committee for this incredible opportunity to lead the University of Maryland football program," the Terps' new coach said. "Maryland's commitment to excellence in the class room, on the field and in the community aligns with my principles of building an elite program. I look forward to bringing an exciting and successful brand of football to our passionate fan base and supporters."

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