Rumors were flooding in on Friday night of the hiring of Dan Lanning by Oregon football. The reports were confirmed on Saturday.
Just in time for Early Signing Day, Oregon football found its head coach as the hiring of Dan Lanning was “confirmed” by multiple reports.
Lanning has been the defensive coordinator at Georgia since 2019 when he took over for Mel Tucker who left for the Colorado job and has since moved on to Michigan State, winning 10 games for the Spartans and making a New Year’s Six bowl. Clearly, former Georgia defensive coordinators can have some success at the Power Five level.
Now he’ll be the head coach of the Ducks in perfect time for signing day festivities and he could help salvage a class that has lost a handful of important commits over the past week.
Hiring a brilliant defensive mind from a national title-caliber team that has coached the No. 1 defense in the country in two of the past three years is fantastic, especially because his name flew under the radar when some of the big names were hired by top programs around the nation.
Lanning isn’t a household name yet, but this is the big break he needed.
Some Oregon fans are hesitant about this hire, but here’s why it was a good one.