As is the case with all coaching moves, the impact can be felt on the recruiting trail.
Class of 2016 defensive end commit Rashad Weaver (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) tells Maize n Brew that Durkin moving on does not affect his recruitment at all.
"I'm somewhat surprised (he would) leave after one year at Michigan with a pretty good season," he said. "But, I also understand how big it is for him to become a head coach."
Safety commit Josh Metellus (Hollywood, Florida) also told us, "I really wanted to play for him. But things happen and I have faith in Coach (Jim) Harbaugh."
Four-star 2017 defensive tackle target Fred Hansard (Princeton, New Jersey) said, "That's a big move! Michigan will be fine, though."
Other recruits reacted to the news via social media, including recently-committed 2016 defensive tackle Jordan Elliott. Fellow commit Ron Johnson seems to agree.
This don't change a thing 〽️— ChadTough〽️ (@XCV____) December 2, 2015
DJ Durkin is a great guy & amazing coach gotta love em !! EXTREMELY proud of him & his accomplishments— CBXIII (@chrissoo_valid) December 3, 2015
We will continue to update this list as more reactions come in.