Durkin, who spent the past two seasons at Ole Miss, oversaw a defense that improved significantly in 2021, helping the Rebels to a top-10 ranking and a Sugar Bowl appearance. He will replace Mike Elko, who left Texas A&M to become head coach at Duke.
Durkin, 43, served as Maryland's head coach from 2016 to '18, when the school fired him a day after reinstating him from a paid administrative leave.
During the summer and fall of 2018, Maryland conducted investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair following a May 2018 workout, as well as into the culture of the program under Durkin. The school's board of regents recommended Durkin remain as coach, but then-university president Wallace Loh, citing "serious concerns" from many in and around campus, decided to dismiss Durkin, who went 10-15 with the Terps.
The Houston Chronicle first reported Texas A&M's hiring of Durkin.