Georgia’s preparations for the College Football Playoff semifinals will come against the backdrop of its defensive coordinator on the move.
Dan Lanning will be leaving to become head coach at Oregon, the Eugene Register-Guard reported Saturday along with others.
Twice in his three seasons running the Bulldogs defense, Lanning was a finalist for the Broyles Award for the nation’s top assistant. He oversaw a unit that led the nation in scoring defense (9.5 points per game) and was second in total defense (254.4) for a team that reached the playoffs this season.
“We are so happy for Dan and his family,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said in a statement Saturday evening. “He and Sauphia have been an important part of our Bulldog family for the last four years, and we thank them for all they did for Georgia Football and the Athens community. Opportunities like this are a testament to a successful program.”
The news of Lanning heading to Oregon was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday.
Lanning, 35, will become the youngest power five head coach in the nation.
Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning will be the next head coach at Oregon.
Georgia plays in the national semifinals in the Orange Bowl against Michigan on Dec. 31, with the winner playing Alabama or Cincinnati in the national championship game on Jan. 10 in Indianapolis.
Lanning will stay with the Bulldogs until the season ends, Smart said.
“While he will coach with us for the upcoming College Football Playoff, we will move forward with Glenn Schumann and Will Muschamp as co-defensive coordinators,” Smart said. “Dan and I are both looking forward to preparing for the CFP.”
Oregon opens the 2022 season against Georgia in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
Lanning’s total pay in 2021 was $1.7 million, tied for seventh highest among…