Jim Harbaugh Didn't See Any 'Bully Coaching' from DJ Durkin at Michigan

Jim Harbaugh Didn't See Any 'Bully Coaching' from DJ Durkin at Michigan

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Jim Harbaugh Didn't See Any 'Bully Coaching' from DJ Durkin at Michigan

The off-season for college football has been interesting. With not much stories coming out during the off-season, it seemed to be a quiet one. Then July hit and boy did the punches keep rolling.

First, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was investigated for the way he handled his former wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s issues with domestic violence. Then North Carolina reported 13 of their own players to be selling their school issued shoes, something Michigan is also looking into for its own players.

Along with these stories was a story about Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher breaking NCAA rules when it comes to recruiting, but the most important one coming out involves former Michigan defensive coordinator, and somebody Jim Harbaugh hired, DJ Durkin.

Durkin was placed on administrative leave due to “allegations of inappropriate behavior” from an ESPN report. In the reports coming out of Maryland, Durkin coached a toxic environment where he would belittle players, verbally abuse them, force them to eat so much they would puke, and even killing a player.

Jordan McNair, former Maryland football player passed away due to a heat stroke from a football workout. Maryland has announced that they accept responsibility for the death of McNair, and that Durkin deserves his “due process” at this time.

What does this have to do with Michigan? Well when Durkin was the defensive coordinator here at Michigan in 2015, and things seemed to have been somewhat like they were at Maryland, obviously not as extreme as Harbaugh was the head coach and in charge, along with no player deaths, but former player Jabrill Peppers went on The Rich Eisen Show and had some things to say about his former coach.

Coach Durkin, he was a different guy, you know what I mean. His tactics were different. It felt extreme at times. I’m just as shocked reading all the stuff that’s going on now. I thought he was only like that because it was his first time coaching us. He was the defensive coordinator so he was just trying to get us to buy-in to how he wants his defense to play. I thought once he became a head coach that he would calm down a little bit, become more of a people person, a player’s coach. It’s just the way that he goes about getting the most out of his players. Me, being from where I’m from, I didn’t like it, but at the end of the day, I knew what the overall goal was. The way I would’ve described it was kind of like bully coaching. I don’t think he meant anything by it. It was just kind of how it comes up.

On Monday Harbaugh was asked if he had seen the situation in the same way that Peppers described, to which Harbaugh simply said, “No.”

This story has been updated from the original, as Jim Harbaugh did comment, saying he hadn’t seen anything.
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