The Oregon Ducks hired former Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning to serve as the program’s 35th head football coach. The university announced the news last week. “Dan is an outstanding, high-energy football coach who will provide a world-class experience for our football student-athletes,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a press release. On Tuesday, The University of Oregon’s Executive and Audit Committee of the school’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved Lanning’s contract for six years and $29.1 million and will through January 2028.
According to a new report from ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Lanning and the Ducks are targeting Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Adrian Klemm to come to Eugene and fulfill the same role with Oregon.Klemm is a former offensive lineman himself, where he won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots. In 2015, Klemm was ranked No. 21 nationally in the 247Sports recruiter rankings and was in the top 100 the prior two years. He coached two All-American offensive linemen while at UCLA, where prior to his arrival a Bruins offensive lineman wasn’t selected in the NFL Draft since 1999 but Klemm mentored seven NFL Draft picks and four undrafted free agents that made a team’s 53-man roster during his tenure.
Furthermore, Bryan McClendon, Ducks interim coach isn’t denying that he’s going to join Mario Cristobal’s coaching staff at Miami, but Oregon’s interim head coach isn’t confirming it either. McClendon remains noncommittal about his future, but responded to rumors of his hire at Miami. Speculation has been that McClendon has the option to remain with the Ducks.
Nebraska defensive line coach Tony Tuioti to join Dan Lanning’s staff at Oregon as well. He also spent two years as a quality control coach with the Cleveland Browns. The hiring of Tuioiti also indicates that current defensive line coach Joe Salave’a will not be retained by Lanning.