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Michigan formally announces D.J. Durkin's hiring, will serve as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach

Michigan announces D.J. Durkin's hiring official on Thursday.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

ANN ARBOR -- After much speculation and reports floating around, Michigan finally makes a hiring official.

Announced on Thursday, Michigan has formally announced former Florida defensive coordinator and interim head coach D.J. Durkin as the football program's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

"D.J. is one of the top young defensive coordinators in football, and I look forward to having him work with our student-athletes," said Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh in a statement. "He will make an excellent addition to our staff."

Durkin, an Ohio native, spent three seasons at Stanford from 2007-2009 as a defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator. Durkin was credited with working closely with Justin Tuck while as a graduate assistant with Notre Dame in 2004.

"Reuniting with Jim at the University of Michigan is an opportunity that I could not pass up," said Durkin in a statement. "We had some great times working together at Stanford, and I look forward to producing great results at Michigan. I look forward to coaching in the Big Ten after growing up in that footprint. I am excited to return to the Midwest and recruit and teach some of the best and brightest young men in the country."

This is a developing story.