There were conflicting reports on Friday about Oregon potentially hiring Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning as head football coach, after Miami hired Mario Cristobal away from Oregon earlier in the week.
Well, a day later, Oregon has officially hired Lanning. Reports emerged that a deal was done on Saturday afternoon, and Oregon made the news official on Saturday evening.
Now hearing that the Friday AJC report that UGA DC Dan Lanning is expected to become the next Oregon head coach was in fact accurate, per source.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 11, 2021
A nod today to @ctowersajc who had the news on Friday. Oregon admins adamantly denied a report that went from “inaccurate" to true in 24 hours.
— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) December 11, 2021
— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) December 12, 2021
Lanning, 35, has served as coordinator — and outside linebackers coach — for a Georgia defense that has been college football’s best over the last three seasons.
He’s set to be the third-youngest head coach in the FBS next season. He played linebacker at William Jewell College (Missouri) from 2004-07.
Georgia allowed an FBS-low 13.5 points per game in three seasons with Dan Lanning as defensive coordinator.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 11, 2021
Here’s how the college football world has reacted to Oregon hiring Lanning:
Georgia coach Kirby Smart said defensive coordinator Dan Lanning, hired as Oregon’s coach, will coach in @CFBPlayoff. Also Georgia “will move forward” w/Glenn Schumann & Will Muschamp as co-defensive coordinators
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 11, 2021
Reports I got on Lanning yesterday …
New school thinker
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) December 11, 2021
I surveyed 12 parents of Duck players since the Lanning news dropped. Score: Happy 12 – Sad 0
— A.J. Jacobson (@DuckSports) December 11, 2021
Dan Lanning is a 💯 win for Oregon. He’s a relentless recruiter, top tier DC. This is dope.
— George Wrighster III (@georgewrighster) December 11, 2021
For Oregon fans, I spent a day around the Memphis program in 2017, which included sitting in a linebackers meeting with Dan Lanning. Here’s what that was like. https://t.co/5GE7hEUTmQ #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/9tycpLFrol
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) December 11, 2021
The top secret Oregon + Lanning Twitter Space last night got this deal finalized and I won’t hear any other opinion.
— Josh Pate (@LateKickJosh) December 11, 2021
“They’re ready to explode” – Chance Hudson on the players’ reaction to Dan Lanning
— Ally Osborne (@allysosborne) December 11, 2021
Dan Lanning is young, hungry, enthusiastic, kids love him, and he clearly knows how to coach defense.
Great hire by Oregon.#UGA has Will Muschamp already on staff, as well as a guy who’s coached two Butkus winners.
Dawgs will be fine, too.
Win-win for everyone.
— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) December 11, 2021