Oregon head football coach Dan Lanning took to X/Twitter on Thursday to confirm that he will be staying with the program. This comes amidst speculation that he was a top candidate for the Alabama job in the aftermath of Nick Saban’s retirement.
In just two seasons in Eugene, Lanning has already established himself as one of the top rising head coaches in college football. After a successful 10-3 first-year campaign in 2022, he led Oregon to a 12-2 record this past season where a pair of close losses to Washington kept them out of the College Football Playoff. He was able to pair a highly-efficient offense led by Heisman Trophy finalist Bo Nix with an aggressive defense molded in the model of SEC powers.
His link to Alabama goes back to 2015, when he served as a GA under Saban. After a few years as a defensive assistant under Mike Norvell at Memphis, he joined Kirby Smart’s staff at Georgia in 2018. Elevated to defensive coordinator in 2019, he recruited/masterminded the Bulldogs’ dominant defense in 2021 that helped win the program its first national title in over four decades.
With those bonafides, many have speculated that he will eventually land a top flight job in the SEC, as his name was being floated as a potential candidate for Texas A&M just over a month ago. Instead, he will guide Oregon into its first season in the Big Ten next year.