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Could Dan Lanning Be Looking to Leave the Georgia Bulldogs?

January 15, 2021

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ATHENS - Georgia Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart might have to find a new defensive coordinator soon. 

Time will tell, but UGA defensive coordinator Dan Lanning has interviewed for the same position at Texas, according to a report from CBS.

“Lanning has emerged as a favorite to take the same position at Texas, sources told CBS Sports on Friday,” said the report - adding the the Longhorns are also looking at former Missouri coach Barry Odom and Mississippi State defensive coordinator Zach Arnett.

Lanning is a rising star in the world of college football. In back-to-back seasons in Athens he’s be a force behind the Bulldogs’ defense, which has finished those two years 12th and 4rd in total defense. Lanning was the inside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Memphis before accepting the role as Georgia’s outside linebackers in the beginning of 2018. Lanning was promoted to co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach after the 2018 season and has held that position ever since.

Lanning has been an excellent recruiter for the Bulldogs since his arrival, helping to land top four-star target Quay Walker on Signing Day a month after he was hired. Lanning recruited extremely well in the 2019 class as well, signing the nation’s top overall prospect, outside linebacker Nolan Smith‍. Lanning also signed four-star outside linebacker Rian Davis‍ in the 2019 class.

In 2020, Lanning helped the Bulldogs sign four-star linebacker Mekhail Sherman‍, the No.33 overall prospect.

In this recent 2021 class, Lanning was able to help the Bulldogs sign five-star Xavian Sorey‍, five-star Smael Mondon‍, and four-star Chaz Chambliss‍.


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