Durkin Recounts Epic Basketball Game vs. Harbaugh

Submitted by BursleyHall82 on January 5th, 2016 at 2:04 PM

D.J. Durkin was on the Jim Rome show this afternoon, and Rome asked him about a legendary one-on-one basketball game he played against Harbaugh when they were both at Stanford. Durkin confirmed that the game lasted for about 90 minutes, that there was blood on the court, and that no fouls were called.

"Who won?" Rome asked

Durkin said something to the effect of, "Well, as an assistant, job security was important to me, so let's just leave it at that."

I'm guessing that scene will be a pivotal one whenever HBO gets around to making "The Jim Harbaugh Story."

Comments

MilkSteak

January 5th, 2016 at 3:21 PM ^

Seriously. The dude contributed to the success of the team this year, why do people here discount that because he took another job? Do they honestly believe that had he not been considering other jobs he would have figured out how to stop Ohio State from manhandling our front line? Based on our issues against Indiana I don't think it was gameplan so much as personnel.

FauxMo

January 5th, 2016 at 4:09 PM ^

BECAUSE HE CHOSE SOMEONE ELSE OVER US! HE SAW OUR LOVE, AND HE REJECTED IT. REJECTED IT!!! SO YOU KNOW WHAT, SCREW HIM. I HOPE HE IS HAPPY WITH HIS CHOICE, AND I HOPE HE GETS HERPES AND HEPATITIS C AND DIES!!!

 

(That is my "scorned woman" answer to your question...)

WorldwideTJRob

January 5th, 2016 at 3:25 PM ^

Right...people need to get over it already. The guy left for a promotion. I'm pretty sure he asked Harbaugh if he could interview at Maryland and was probably given the ok. Kirby Smart is probably taking some time getting his staff together and recruiting for Georgia while still implementing a game plan for next Monday's NC game. For the final time we didn't lose because a coach took an interview at Maryland.

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LSAClassOf2000

January 5th, 2016 at 2:44 PM ^

I remember Durkin talking about this when he first came to Ann Arbor too - one of Stanford's players said something to the effect that it was a low-scoring game and someone did at one point call a foul but they were made fun of for doing so (in a sporting way, I assume). Durkin also described the game as something akin to the basketball version of "Rollerball" too - I thought that was amusing and probably very Harbaugh. 

MAZandBLUE

January 5th, 2016 at 3:46 PM ^

Was this the time where a recruit was waiting courtside for his visit with Harbaugh and eventually just left because he didn't stop playing? Most people got a kick out of this and chalked it up to Harbaugh being good ol' competitive Harbaugh, but this story always rubbed me the wrong way because of the disrespect for the kid that Harbaugh's actions showed. Don't get me wrong--I love the guy and think he walks on water, but that story always makes me a little uneasy.

kehnonymous

January 5th, 2016 at 3:52 PM ^

Look, I wasn't happy about the game plan vs. OSU and I have a broken plate to prove it.  But I think it's a pretty serious and low thing to accuse Durkin of mailing it in.  I mean, you know who else has been unable to stop a fully functional Meyer+OSU rushing attack the last few years?  EVERYONE.

Marley Nowell

January 5th, 2016 at 4:04 PM ^

Gameplan was poor but I don't think he mailed it in, he just didn't know what to do. Durkin has shown to be a good recruiter but his coaching acumen is still unproven to me. We had a monster dline so blitzes were not needed and a awesome secondary. Year 1 of Matison showed a big improvement and creativity. Durkin is still a ?