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Terps head coach DJ Durkin adds Scott Shafer, Mike London to staff

DJ Durkin has turned back the clock toward Maryland's ACC roots, as the new Terrapins head coach has announced a pair of former ACC head coaches among his first hires.

Former Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer will be Maryland's defensive coordinator while former Virginia coach Mike London will be the Terps' associate head coach and defensive line coach. Both coaches were fired this season from the Orange and Cavaliers, respectively, as each program went 4-8.

Durkin also added Aazaar Abdul-Rahim from Alabama as Maryland's defensive backs coach, and Rick Court from Mississippi State as the Terps' strength and conditioning coach.

"I'm thrilled to announce four high quality additions to the coaching staff," Durkin said in a release. "We're adding a pair of coaches with head coaching experience and a group of guys with track records of being great teachers and recruiters. Their overall body of work speaks for itself as experienced leaders that have a tremendous knowledge of the game."

Durkin and Shafer had coached together at Stanford in 2007, when Durkin was the defensive end and special teams coach and Shafer was the defensive coordinator.

The 37-year-old Durkin, formerly Michigan's defensive coordinator, was hired by Maryland to replace the fired Randy Edsall.

Maryland went 3-9 this year and 1-7 in the Big Ten, the program's second year in the league after spending 61 years in the ACC.