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Florida promotes D.J. Durkin to DC

D.J. Durkin was named the Gators new defensive coordinator on Thursday.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn took a job with the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday afternoon, and the Gators didn't wait long to promote linebackers and special teams coach D.J. Durkin to the coordinator position.

Durkin has coached at Florida for the past three years and was one of the coaches retained by head coach Will Muschamp when Urban Meyer stepped away from the program.

“D.J. and I will run the defense, continuing the way that Dan and I did for the past two years,” Muschamp said in a press release. “We will look to add another coach that is the best fit for our staff moving forward.”

The school also announced that Durkin will continue in his role as linebackers coach.

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