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New UO football coach comes to Eugene fresh off winning the national title for Georgia

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UO head football coach Dan Lanning spoke with reporters on Zoom Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

Fresh off a national championship win Monday, the University of Oregon’s new head football coach says he’s excited to be in Eugene.

What better way to start a new job than with a major victory at your former job? Dan Lanning just wrapped up his tenure as Defensive Coordinator for the Georgia Bulldogs.

“Right after winning the national championship I was on a Facetime with someone who can enhance our program and make us better,” Lanning said at a virtual press conference Thursday. “So, yeah, absolutely at that moment I was a Duck.”

Lanning has been hiring coaches and recruiting players. And he said he’s excited about the team that’s already in place.

“I think they share a vision that I share of what we can be here and what this program can become,” he said. “And I think they recognize what we’re putting together here; it's really special.”

The Ducks first game next season will be against Lanning’s former team—Oregon plays Georgia September 3rd, 2022.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.