Oregon tabbed Georgia’s Dan Lanning as new head coach

No. 17 Oregon has hired Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning as the successor to Willie Taggart, who left for Florida State on Wednesday.

“The University of Oregon is thrilled to announce Dan Lanning as the next head football coach,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement. “Dan is a leader on and off the field who has built championship defenses at every stop in his accomplished career.”

Lanning comes to Oregon after helping Georgia to back-to-back appearances in the College Football Playoff — the Bulldogs lost both games. His lone experience as a head coach came at Eastern Illinois in 2013, a team that won nine games and finished eighth in the FCS standings.

“(Lanning) has been part of a program where he has built winning football teams with great coaches,” Mullens said. “He has demonstrated the ability to connect with student-athletes. Dan is a proven leader, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to Eugene.”

The Oregon coaching search began Tuesday night after Taggart agreed to a $30 million, five-year deal with Florida State, and the former Gators star was formally introduced as coach on Wednesday. After his hiring was announced, Taggart was scheduled to fly to Florida to talk to his future Seminoles players.

New Oregon coach Dan Lanning was the defensive coordinator at Eastern Illinois in 2013, where he led his team to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the FCS playoffs. (SU’s John Harsdorf / NCAA Media Relations)

Lanning was promoted to Georgia’s defensive coordinator in May following the firing of Todd Grantham. Lanning’s efforts at Georgia earned him the 2018 Barry Tebbetts Gold Glove Award for defensive coordinator.

Lanning was the defensive coordinator at Eastern Illinois, the University of South Alabama and Lewis University. Prior to joining Eastern Illinois in 2008, Lanning spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Ohio University, and he was the head coach at Youngstown State from 2005-08.

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