Oregon officially hires Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning as their next coach
For the third straight time, the Ducks go to the South to find their new head coach.
The initial report from the Atlanta Journal Constitution turned out to be correct. Dan Lanning will be the next head coach of the Oregon Ducks.
Oregon athletic director Robert Mullens sent these texts to Oregon football parents informing them of the hire.
Geoff Schwartz added these details.
Lanning coached in high school for three seasons. He was a graduate assistant with Todd Graham on his Pitt and Arizona State teams in 2011-12, then was upgraded to recruiting coordinator the next year. He then became a defensive backs coach and co-recruiting coordinator at Sam Houston State, then joined Nick Saban and Alabama as a grad assistant on their national title team the following season.
He finally got an FBS coaching opportunity at Memphis under Mike Norvell as their inside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator, then came to Georgia as outside linebackers coach in 2018. Lanning upgraded to defensive coordinator in 2019, where he evolved Georgia’s defense into the monster they are now.
There is no denying his defensive mettle. As one of the main recruiters at Georgia, expect Lanning to keep the recruiting momentum strong up north. A big hire will be on offense. Will Lanning turn toward his old coordinator at Memphis, Florida State offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham? Or will he swing for the fences and get one of the new fresh minds in college football? There will be options.
For Cal fans, that should ease all speculation about Justin Wilcox potentially making a move. In 2022, expect Wilcox to be the head coach of the California Golden Bears. But it’s worth keeping an eye on if Oregon ever opens up again. The Duck players and donors made a strong case for the former Duck football player to be brought home.