Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning did a favorite job under Steve Sarkissian to take the same job in Texas

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Georgia’s defense coordinator Dan Lanning has emerged as the favorite to take a similar position in Texas, sources told CBS Sports on Friday. Lanning, 34, was interviewed in Texas this week, as did Arkansas defensive coordinator Barry Odom and Mississippi state defensive coordinator Zach Arnett.

The 34-year-old Lanning is considered a rising star in the industry. Georgia coach Kirby Smart robbed native Kansas City of Mike Norwell’s Memphis staff after the 2017 season. After a year as the outside linebackers coach, Lanning was elevated as coordinator in 2019 when Mel Tucker left for Colorado.

Georgia finished third nationally for the 12th time in 2019 this season, staging plays. The DAG were first in the total (2019) and second (2020) in the SEC in both defense and scoring defense in both seasons.

Lanning entered college coaching as a graduate assistant to Todd Graham in 2011 in Pittsburgh. Lanning, a company that paid $ 800 a month after 13 hours of driving to make its pitch from Canning City to Pittsburgh, got the job done. He had met Graham, then in Tulsa, and his staff at a coach clinic.

CBS Sports previously reported Steve Sarkissian’s interest in both Odom and Arnet.

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