Oregon Ducks head coach Dan Lanning certainly made his feelings about the Colorado Buffaloes clear before and during their game against Deion Sanders’ squad on Saturday.
Before Saturday’s Pac-12 showdown, the second-year Oregon head coach didn’t mince words with his players in the locker room.
His impassioned speech to pump them up was shared on social media.
“Rooted in substance. Not flash. Rooted in substance. Today, we talk with our pads. We talk with your helmet. Every moment,” Lanning told his team. The Cinderella story is over, man. They’re fighting for clicks, we’re fighting for wins. There’s a difference,” he said. “This game ain’t gonna be played in Hollywood. It’s gonna be played on the grass.”
Oregon head coach Dan Lanning didn't hold back in his pregame speech against Colorado 👀
"They're fighting for clicks, we're fighting for wins." pic.twitter.com/imo4OHA4fA
— ESPN (@espn) September 23, 2023
The Ducks went out and did Lanning proud in the first half, completely overwhelming quarterback Shadeur Sanders and the Buffaloes, en route to a 35-0 halftime lead. When asked about the performance, Lanning made it clear that his team was not done taking Deion’s squad to task.
“Not done yet. We’re not satisfied,” said Lanning. “I hope all those people that have been watching every week are watching this week.” Lanning was referencing the huge ratings that Colorado has been getting so far this season, though against lesser opponents.
"Not done yet. We're not satisfied. I hope all those people that have been watching every week are watching this week."- Oregon head coach Dan Lanning as the Ducks took a 35-0 lead into halftime vs Colorado pic.twitter.com/myqi8KrCYY
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) September 23, 2023
The college football world took notice of Lanning’s comments and his team’s performance.
I love that Lanning is operating like there won’t be a post game coaches handshake. https://t.co/2QJ13hnZbm
— email@example.com (@FlatcapGK) September 23, 2023
Dan Lanning has a lot of Chris Beard in him or vice a versa. https://t.co/Mxpu5cnwpZ
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) September 23, 2023
Lanning wants all the smoke haha. https://t.co/qIPkWbr3QP
— Justin Gaard (@Gaardsy) September 23, 2023
Not gonna lie, that’s a pretty good line. https://t.co/LLJiA9lmzH
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 23, 2023
There is nothing wrong with Dan Lanning’s approach or intensity for HIS team. His job is to motivate HIS players, prop up HIS program and people are LOVING IT. Well that’s exactly what Coach Prime is doing for Colorado, so why do people hate it?
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) September 23, 2023