Ever since Jimbo Fisher was fired from Texas A&M this weekend, Oregon coach Dan Lanning has been one of the top rumored candidates to replace him. However, the Oregon Ducks coach spoke at his media availability on Monday and shut the notion of him leaving down.
“I think I’ve been really, really clear here since Day 1. Everything I want exists right here. I’m not going anywhere. There’s zero chance that I would be coaching somewhere else. I’ve got unfinished business here. There’s a lot I want to accomplish here at Oregon. My No. 1 priority is being elite here at Oregon. We have the resources, the tools — anybody that can’t understand why you would want to be here at his place doesn’t understand exactly what exists here. I’ll continue to say it until I’m blue in the face. I want to be here at Oregon. That hasn’t changed, that won’t change.”
Dan Lanning has been excellent as he is in his second season as the head coach at Oregon and has a 19-4 record since taking over. It has been a common occurrence at the University of Oregon for coaches to leave for other jobs as it happened to three of the previous four coaches in the program.
The former Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator has built an elite program that is currently sixth in the nation and second in the Pac-12. With senior quarterback Bo Nix dominating and having to play without junior running back Noah Whittington for the majority of the season, Dan Lanning has done an excellent job quickly.
Can Dan Lanning lead the Oregon Ducks to the College Football Playoff this season?
Reaching the College Football Playoff this season would be a tough task for the Oregon Ducks as they are sitting at 9-1 and would need to win the next two games and the Pac-12 Championship Game in order to do so. However, if they are able to do so, they would definitely deserve a shot to compete for the national championship.
Their remaining schedule has them on the road against the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday and wrapping up the regular season on Nov. 24 at home against the Oregon State Beavers. The difficulty of their schedule definitely would deserve a spot in the College Football Playoff if they win the Pac-12 Championship.
They have faced three teams that were ranked at the time of the game in the Colorado Buffaloes, Washington Huskies and Utah Utes. The Pac-12 has been loaded with incredible teams this season and Dan Lanning has proven the ability to provide wins and lead the Ducks to the promised land.
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