There is a chance Dan Lanning could leave the Georgia football team and head to Texas.
Georgia football fans cannot love the idea of defensive coordinator Dan Lanning bolting for the same role with the Texas Longhorns in this offseason cycle.
Lanning is the favorite to be the Longhorns’ next defensive coordinator over Arkansas Razorbacks defensive coordinator Barry Odam and Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive coordinator Zach Arnett. The Mike Norvell and Todd Graham disciple first came to Athens in 2018 as an outside linebackers coach. Lanning was promoted to defensive coordinator two years ago back in 2019.
What would Texas be getting in a defensive coordinator like Dan Lanning?
Lanning had huge shoes to fill as the Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator. He replaced Mel Tucker, who left to lead the Colorado Buffaloes in 2019. Tucker is now entering his second year with the Michigan State Spartans. Lanning is in his mid-30s and projects as a future Power 5 head coach. His side of the ball at Georgia has been phenomenal and has him rising up coaching ranks.
However, him leaving for Texas feels more like a lateral move more than anything. Though he could be a head coach as early as 2022, it feels that it is more more likely to happen if he retains his post in Georgia and continues to shut down SEC offenses. Given that this is Georgia head coach Kirby Smart‘s side of the ball, his team will adjust fine. Lanning would be a great get for Texas.
If Steve Sarkisian can pry Lanning out of the Classic City, Texas is one step closer to being back.