New University of Oregon football coach Dan Lanning flashes the "O" Monday after being introduced as the head coach for the Ducks in Eugene. Lanning  joins the Ducks in his first head coaching job.  Previously defensive coordinator for the University of Georgia (12-1), Lanning  was a hot commodity around college football circles, running a Georgia defense that is arguably the best in the country. Read more in Sports, Page 1B.

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Dan Lanning receives six-year, $29.1M deal from Oregon

The deal Dan Lanning received to become head coach at Oregon is worth $29.1 million over six seasons, plus incentives.

The university released terms of Lanning’s contract on Tuesday, two days after hiring the former Georgia defensive coordinator to replace Mario Cristobal, who left for Miami.

Lanning will earn $4.6 million in base salary in 2022 and will receive annual raises of $100,000. He will make $5.1 million in 2027, the final season of the contract.

Oregon officials said Lanning’s compensation rates fifth among Pac-12 coaches and 27th nationally.

“We are really pleased to be able to attract someone of the trajectory of Dan Lanning to lead our program,” Ducks athletic director Rob Mullens said. “Throughout the negotiations with Dan, we landed on a contract that was similar to the previous contract that we had approved before this group.”

The annual incentives include $500,000 for reaching the College Football Playoff title game and $250,000 for a semifinal appearance. Lanning will receive $150,000 for a Pac-12 championship and $100,000 for a Pac-12 North division title.

He also would receive $50,000 for national coach of the year honors and $25,000 for the Pac-12 honor.

Lanning’s buyout starts at $14 million should he depart after the 2022 season. It drops to $10 million in 2023, $7 million in 2024, $3 million in 2025, $2 million in 2026 and $1 million in 2027.

Georgia leads the nation in scoring defense (9.5 points per game) and ranks second in total defense (254.4 yards per game).

Lanning, 35, will assist Georgia through its CFP postseason run. The Bulldogs face Michigan in the semifinals on Dec. 31.

In a unique twist, Lanning’s first game as Oregon coach will be against in the Bulldogs in Atlanta on Sept. 3.

Receivers coach Bryan McClendon will serve as interim coach of the No. 14 Ducks for the Alamo Bowl matchup against No. 16 Oklahoma on Dec. 29.

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