Oregon football: Dan Lanning front runner to replace Nick Saban at Alabama

Oregon Ducks head coach Dan Lanning looks on from the sidelines
Oregon Ducks head coach Dan Lanning looks on from the sidelines / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Saban announced his retirement after 17 years as the Crimson Tide’s head coach. The front-runner to fill his vacancy is current Oregon Duck’s head coach, Dan Lanning. 

Lanning has repeatedly expressed his commitment to Oregon’s football program and has said that his current job will be his last.

Other coaches in the conversation to fill the massive void left behind by Saban include Texas Longhorn’s head coach Steve Sarkisian, Washington Huskies’ head coach Kalen DeBoer, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin, and Clemson Tiger’s head coach Dabo Swinney.

As the undisputable greatest college football coach of all time, Saban won 7 CFP era National Championships with Alabama in his 8 CFP appearances with the program. As a head coach, he had zero losing seasons in 28 years, including 18 10-win seasons.

Lanning had already been in conversations to take the Texas A&M head coaching position earlier this year but was quick to shut down those rumors.

Saban’s retirement announcement opens up a 30-day window for Alabama players to transfer out of the program. No matter who moves into his vacancy, college football will see movement around the FBS.

Oregon fans, Alabama fans, and fans of college football in general will have to wait and see just who takes on the task of filling Nick Saban’s shoes.