ANN ARBOR -- Jim Harbaugh is getting the band back together.
First reported by Scout.com's Sam Webb and 247Sports' Steve Lorenz, D.J. Durkin, Florida's defensive coordinator and interim head coach after Will Muschamp's firing, has reportedly agreed to join Jim Harbaugh's coaching staff for the 2015 season. Durkin is expected to be named defensive coordinator.
A Michigan official told Maize n Brew Monday that no official announcements regarding assistant coach hirings will be made until each individual is cleared by the University of Michigan HR department. However, Durkin's name shows up in the MCommunity directory.
Harbaugh and Durkin have a long-standing professional relationship together dating back to their days at Stanford, where Durkin served as Harbaugh's defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator from 2007-09.
The 36-year-old has strong ties to the midwest. An Ohio native, Durkin played football at Bowling Green and also served as a graduate assistant before taking a defensive end coach position in 2005 and being promoted to linebackers and special teams coordinator with the Falcons in 2006.
Durkin left the Cardinal to join the University of Florida in 2010 after Urban Meyer offered him a linebackers coach and special teams coordinator position. Muschamp promoted Durkin to defensive coordinator in 2013.
It appears that Durkin, who was Rivals.com's Recruiter of the Year in 2012, is working the recruiting trail for the Wolverines.