Dan Lanning Listed as Favorite for Texas DC Job

Current Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning has been listed as one of the favorites to land the Texas defensive coordinator position according to reports.

It is that time of year again where college coaches and players are on the move and Georgia could possibly see one of their coordinators head to Austin, Tex. 

Recently, Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, was named the new head coach of the Texas Longhorns and the offensive mastermind is looking to lure away one of Georgia's best staff members. Defensive coordinator Dan Lanning might become the Texas DC, which was first reported by CBS Sports. 

Lanning became the defensive coordinator at Georgia in 2019 after Mel Tucker left for Colorado and has done a tremendous job leading the Bulldogs defensive unit. In the past two years, Georgia has had one of the most elite defensive units statistically, and this past season the defense finished first in the nation in run defense. In the SEC, the Bulldogs ranked first in 2019 and second in 2020 in both total defense and scoring defense. If Sarkisian is able to land Lanning as his new defensive coordinator, it is safe to say that it would be a home-run hire for his coaching staff. 

There is also reported interest in both Arkansas defensive coordinator Barry Odum and Mississippi State defensive coordinator Zach Arnett, who both interviewed for the position this week. Georgia has had an elite defense even before Lanning took over at the position, but losing a coach that recruits and coaches as well as Lanning does would definitely sting. If Lanning does end up in Texas, it will be interesting to see who head coach Kirby Smart pursues to fill the position. Current co-defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann would likely be the favorite, but with Smart at the helm, the person coaching defense should not be a concern for fans. 

Sources close to the program have indicated that though this wasn't expected, Georgia is more than comfortable in where they stand if Lanning were to take the job. 

Schumann has been groomed as "next in line" for the past two seasons, and it is believed former South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp could even be in the running for the job. 

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