Sport What Kirby Smart Texted Dan Lanning After National Title
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In winning its second title in six years on Sunday, South Carolina handed UConn its first loss in 12 national championship games. Had it not been for the tournament cancellation in 2020, and last-second misses in last year’s national semifinal, this could be three in a row for the Gamecocks. And next year is likely to be more of the same. National player of the year Aliyah Boston, Brea Beal and Zia Cooke all return, and South Carolina will also get back freshman phenom Raven Johnson, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in mid-November.
head coach didn’t wait very long to remove new head coach from his text message chain.
Prior to the College Football Playoff, Lanning – Georgia’s former defensive coordinator – was named the head coach at Oregon. Lanning stayed with the Bulldogs throughout their championship run though, to continue coaching the Georgia defense.
Lanning no doubt played a significant role in helping the Bulldogs beat Alabama 33-18 in the title game. Not long after, Lanning flipped his attention to Oregon. Smart, on the other hand, didn’t take long to make a change to his group message chain.
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Teams get fewer days off between Elite Eight and Final Four, almost no networking opportunities and less media exposure - a big deal in the NIL era.That bar, however, was low.
Lanning revealed during an Oregon press conference on Thursday that Smart told Lanning after the championship that he loved him, but now had to remove him from the Georgia staff text.
Dan Lanning joked that after the National Championship Game Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart texted him he loved him and was excited about Lanning's job, but he now had to remove him from the Georgia staff text chain.
— Matt Prehm (@MattPrehm)
There’s probably an obvious reason Kirby Smart moved on from Dan Lanning so quickly.
Smart and Lanning will go head-to-head to open the 2022 season when the Georgia Bulldogs and Oregon Ducks meet in Atlanta. It’s without a doubt the biggest season-opener in Ducks’ history. Georgia, meanwhile, will try and get the 2022 season started on the right note and avoid a championship hangover.
Lanning helped orchestrate one of the best defensive units college football has seen in the past decade. The former Georgia defensive play-caller will now shift his focus to the entire Oregon football program.
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