At the end of the 2018 season, Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker departed the Bulldogs to become head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes. After a lengthy search, Georgia has found its replacement.
According to The Athletic, the Bulldogs have chosen Dan Lanning as their new defensive coordinator. Lanning is being promoted from the team’s outside linebackers position coach.
Per the report, he will see a substantial salary boost in his new position with the team. Last year he made $325,000, but this year he is expected to make $750,000 – the largest salary bump on the team.
NEWS: Dan Lanning is Georgia's new defensive coordinator, The Athletic has learned.https://t.co/SRsfNSpdGc
— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) February 15, 2019
As noted by FootballScoop, Lanning is set to receiver a massive pay bump. He’ll go from $325,000 last season as position coach, up to $725,000.
Without Tucker and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, though, Georgia’s overall staff compensation will actually go down.
Lanning, Georgia’s outside linebackers coach, was reportedly under consideration with inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann, but it appears Kirby Smart has decided to give the nod to Lanning. (Though Schumann will add a co-coordinator title, according to Emerson.)
Both Lanning and Schumann netted significant raises, along with the six other returning Georgia assistants. However, the overall assistant salary pool will go down from 2018 to ’19 after losing Tucker (who made $1.5 million in 2018) and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney ($950,000).
Head coach Kirby Smart selected Lanning to serve as interim defensive coordinator for the Sugar Bowl after Tucker took the Colorado job before it was played.
Lanning’s debut at the position proved to be a frustrating one as the Bulldogs were upset by the Texas Longhorns, 28-21. The 28 points allowed were the fourth-most allowed by the team all year.
In replacing Mel Tucker, Lanning has a lot to live up to. This past year the defense finished 15th in points allowed, and finished sixth in the same category the year before.
Fortunately, he’ll have the benefit of working with two of the top defensive prospects in the country coming to the school as freshmen this season. Newly-enrolled defensive end Nolan Smith and linebacker Nakobe Dean both have the potential to give him some quick impact at their positions.