Durkin would have been wise to heed Bo's advice:
"What did I do with all this knowledge I acquired from Doyt and Ara and Woody?
I didn't sell myself, that's for sure. I used it to become the best assistant coach I could be. I had no qualms about eing an assistant coach, and I thought i was the best offensive line coach there ever was!
I have never applied for a job in my entire life. I have never, not once, prepared a resume. I just figured if I worked hard and got really good at this, someone's going to say, "This guy is good," and I'd get plent yof opportunities. And I was right.
Don't worry about marketing yourself. Just be good at what you're doing now and enjoy it, and things will take care of themselves. Yes, I know in some fields you have to get your resume out and all that, but I think it's overestimated. In most businesses, word gets around pretty fast - and hey, that's what headhunters are for.
That was the final lesson I learned from my days as an assitant coac: Don't waste your time and energy looking for the next job. Take care of the job you've got now. If you're good at what you're doing now, they'll find you. Trust me, word will get out there, and they'll find you.
They always do.
And when that happens, don't jump at the first offer, just because you think it's a promotion. Being an assistant for a great organization is better than being the head honcho at a place where you're being set up for failure. You've got to wait for the right opportunity, working for the right people - because if you're impatient, you're going to regret it."
Intro to Chapter 3 of Bo's Lasting Lessons (which, if you have not read it, you owe yourself to do so). Sure, he's the boss now at Maryland, but this move makes no sense at all from a career trajectory perspective. Total mistake and the fact that he made it, contrary to Bo's teaching, says to me that he wasn't the right fit for Michigan, anyway. We'll look back on this in four or five years and this will be spot on.