Oregon hires Dan Lanning: Ducks embrace defensive mindset in tapping Georgia assistant as next coach

Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning has been hired as the next coach at Oregon, the university announced Saturday evening. Lanning, who joined the Bulldogs program in 2018 as linebackers coach, has served in the role of defensive coordinator since the 2019 season. Lanning will fill the vacancy created by Mario Cristobal recently being named the coach at his alma mater Miami. 

“Dan is an outstanding, high-energy football coach who will provide a world-class experience for our football student-athletes,” said Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens in a statement. “He is a tremendous recruiter and developer of talent, and we will continue to compete for championships while providing an environment where our football student-athletes can develop to their fullest potential in the classroom, on the football field, and as people. We are grateful for the opportunity to have Dan as the leader of our football program, and we look forward to the positive impact he will have on our student-athletes.”

While Lanning will remain with Georgia for its College Football Playoff run, his defensive coordinator title will be shared by Glenn Schumann and Will Muschamp for the postseason, Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart announced Saturday.

Lanning, 35, emerged as a buzz-worthy name on the head-coaching circuit after serving as the architect behind a stout Georgia defense that leads the nation in multiple categories this season, including defensive yards per play (4.01) and scoring defense (9.5 points per game). Lanning’s unit has been the driving force behind Georgia’s push to the SEC East title, an undefeated regular season and berth in the College Football Playoff as the No. 3 seed. 

Lanning previously served as an assistant coach at multiple high-profile…

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