Cross this name off the list of potential Auburn head coaches

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The Auburn head coach position is one that all might not covet. They’ll have to face Nick Saban, Brian Kelly, Lane Kiffin, and Kirby Smart just for the opportunity to play in the SEC Championship. It’s not an easy job. However, there aren’t many better places in the country for recruiting, and financially, they have everything a coach could want. Expect the Auburn brass to shoot for the stars during their search for a new head coach, an one name that was floated as a candidate is new Oregon head coach and former Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning.

Lance Dawe of Sports Illustrated reported that there is mutual interest between Auburn and Lanning, even stating the two sides have been in contact. Well, John Canzano’s reports directly conflict with those notions; he plainly says Dan Lanning ISN’T leaving Oregon for Auburn, even throwing a subtle jab at Dawe.

Lanning has the pedigree to be the Auburn football head coach. He coordinated two top-three defensive units in Athens, including one that won a National Championship, and has been impressive as the lead man in Eugene. After being blown out by his former team in the season opener, Lanning’s group has improved each week, tearing through the Pac-12. He’s picked up a handful of five-star commitments since the disaster against Georgia as well.

Lanning is already making his mark out west. Canzano’s report makes more sense to me. Why would Lanning want to return to the SEC? UCLA and USC are leaving the conference in the near future and are being replaced by Mountain West teams. With the way Oregon recruits, I could coach that program to 10 wins and a chance to play in the Pac-12 Championship.

I imagine more and more rumors will surface as we get deeper into the season, and in college football, things can happen quickly. So, there’s no telling who Auburn will land.

Photographer: Brian Murphy/Icon Sportswire
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