Moments after word broke out about Nick Saban’s retirement, the name of Oregon head coach Dan Lanning was being floated around as his replacement. On Thursday afternoon, Matt Zenitz of 247sports reported that the Ducks head man since 2022 will remain in Eugene for the foreseeable future.
Reports Wednesday night that Lanning was in Tuscaloosa were inaccurate.
At the time the reports were coming out about him being in Tuscaloosa, Lanning was in Eugene watching a Jason Bourne movie with his family, per sources.
Lanning spent the 2015 season as a grad assistant at Alabama. After two seasons on Memphis’s staff, Kirby Smart brought him to UGA where he would eventually become defensive coordinator and help lead the Bulldogs to their first National Championship since 1980. He then got the big job at Oregon where he has gone 22-5 in two seasons. Did Phil Knight break open a few more piggy banks? Or was coaching Alabama a challenge Lanning did not want?
Interestingly, Saban was spotted early Thursday morning entering the Mal Moore Athletic Facility in Tuscaloosa.
It would be out of character for Saban to just going to jump on a plane and leave everything that he has built behind. Surely, he is involved with finding his replacement.