How green is that grass, anyway?

I noticed in the comments yesterday that there was some speculation about Dan Lanning’s future after this season ends, namely how attractive he might be for another program to hire as a head coach.  (I don’t think we have to worry about a lateral move; Jimbo Fisher tried that last year, only to be rebuffed.)

Anyway, shedding a little light on the matter is this 247Sports piece about the top assistant coaches in the game and their future hiring prospects.  They polled a bunch of FBS head coaches, assistants and staff administrators, and got responses from thirty-one of them.

Dan Lanning’s name is at the top of their list.


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25 responses to “How green is that grass, anyway?

  1. stoopnagle

    Missed those comments but have also been wondering if one of these big jobs open at the moment are considering DL. He can recruit really well and that’s where it all begins.

    To me, USC is the premier opening. It’s the Bama/Ohio St of the Pac12. I’m not sure they’re brave enough to hire an assistant.


    • Down Island Way

      Since we don’t know what Coach Lanning has in the aspirations box nor what the Lanning family plans are, CKS has shown and he can draw from that experience of longevity when talking to staffers about resume building, one thing for certain,as long as UGA football competes at this level of gapness, staying at UGA football ain’t such a bad thing…Go Dawgs!

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    • J.R. Clark

      Virginia Tech is a great opportunity for a good recruiter who can build a fence around Hampton Roads the way Kirby did in Georgia. The amount of athletic talent that has come from the area is incredible. Benjamin Watson, Coach Mike Tomlin, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Vick, Aaron Brooks, Mel Gray, Ron Springs, Shawn Springs, Bruce Smith, Plaxico Burress, Kam Chancellor, Percy Harvin, Dre Bly, DeAngelo Hall, Ronald Curry, Tyrod Taylor, William Fuller, Kenny Easley, Darryl Tapp, Jerrod Mayo, Dwight Stephenson, Dwight White…and one of the best high school quarterbacks I have ever seen, pound for pound…Allen Iverson.

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    • 123 Fake St

      James Franklin will be the next coach at USCsr.


  2. It has to be a compelling job. He gets to play with the best pieces at Georgia with a head coach who truly values a great defense.

    I don’t see Lanning as a candidate at LSU or USC (or at FU if the Handbags blow Dopey/Goofy out of Hogtown).


  3. rigger92

    I would be surprised if he left after this season. Having peeked at his wiki page he has moved around a lot, Athens might be getting into his blood like it has a tendency to do.

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  4. Wait until a big job is open for the taking?? There are already several very good P5 schools replacing a head coach and it’s barely November. Both LSU and USC are top-10 coaching jobs in the country. And Lanning is already at the top of this list…how much networking does he really need to do? I think the only way he stays is if he doesn’t want to be a head coach.

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    • Tony BarnFart

      Would we have offered Kirby the job in 2010 ? We think the world of Lanning but if blue blood boosters and fan bases are going to move off their desire for “proven head coach” to coordinator, that coordinator needs to have been a household name for a long while with hardware on the shelf. IMO.


  5. Geezus

    I figured Lanning would be great at USC. He’s a veracious recruiter and that would be in the most talent-rich state. He could poach Kendall Briles from Arkansas on the way out to run the O and have them winning the league in year one just by fielding a competent defense.


  6. RangerRuss

    Lanning’s boss is the poster boy for coaches who wait for the right time and place to take a head coaching job. It’s an unforgiving business.

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  7. uga97

    Pay the man & make him a Brent Venables offer.

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  8. theotherdoug

    Is it a bigger deal for UGA to lose Lanning or Monken this offseason?
    I think Monken is the bigger deal. We have Kirby and Muschamp on the defensive side, so things will keep trucking on like they have. The offense is all Monken.

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  9. jcdawg83

    $1.7 million a year living in the Athens area, not dealing with the spotlight and constant pressure to win of being the head coach seems like a pretty good job to me. The top level head coaching jobs come with immediate expectations of winning. When an LSU or USC or UF throw 4 or 5 million dollars a year at you, their patience is very limited as far as how long before you start competing for championships. I don’t know Lanning personally but he might be pretty satisfied with what he has now.

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  10. pedropossum

    Pitt boss went to Arkansas earning about the same and he was a position coach. Lanning is from the Midwest, has an attractive opportunity in athens, but will likely be the most desirable of the non head coaches out there. Something tells me muschamp is prowling the sidelines with his reading glasses for a reason, and he is no slouch on the defensive side of the ball. I love lanning but all the tea leaves point to a departure.

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  11. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    I have no idea what ticks Dan’s boxes, but if it was me I would want to avoid dumpster fires like Florida and LSU. Especially LSU – there’s enough legal stuff there to be a distraction for several years. Southern Cal and VT seem like good enough options. But what do I know? I thought Mel Tucker might have jumped too early, but as a stepping stone it certainly worked out for him. The only advice I would give is not to do it just for the money.

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  12. It’s hard to see now, but this is a good thing. If Kirby’s assistants are getting picked off for job offers, it means Kirby’s doing a great job of developing coaches…which becomes attractive for high quality up-and-comers that will backfill Lanning (or anyone else).

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  13. Here’s a possibility – James Franklin is offered and takes the USC HC job, and Penn State offers Lanning. If that happened, I think he would take it.


  14. 123 Fake St

    Would Lanning entertain the GT job when G-Off is fired this year or next year?
    40 minutes down the road and he knows how to recruit Georgia.

    Never mind, Tech is too inept and egocentric to ask UGA to interview one of our coaches.


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