Late in the week, questions surrounding the involvement of former Maryland head coach DJ Durkin sparked conversation on numerous media outlets around the country.

Durkin was initially retained as the head coaching position at Maryland following an investigation into the death of Terrapins offensive lineman Jordan McNair but one day later let go from his head coaching position.

Friday evening, Nick Saban and the University of Alabama football program issued a statement on Durkin and the Crimson Tide football program.

Saban's full statement on DJ Durkin:

“DJ Durkin is spending a few days with our staff in Tuscaloosa from a professional development standpoint. He has not been hired in any capacity at The University of Alabama. He is simply observing our operation as many other coaches have done through the years.”

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