Dan Lanning set to hire Nebraska d-line coach for same position at Oregon, per report
As Dan Lanning looks to finalize his Oregon staff, he is reportedly nearing a deal to hire Tony Tuioti away from Nebraska.
The news was first reported by FootballScoop and later confirmed by 247Sports‘ Erik Skopil. Skopil reported the deal is done and that Tuioti will become the new defensive line coach at Oregon.
It would be a strong hire for the first-year head coach. Tuioti might not have the biggest name, but in the last five years as a collegiate defensive line coach, he’s shown a real penchant for development. Tuioti wrapped his third season on Nebraska’s staff coaching the defensive line in November.
While the Huskers have struggled under Scott Frost, the problems haven’t been on defense. Tuioti’s defensive front has shown marked improvement year over year since his arrival. NU was better as a run-stopping team every year under Tuioti.
Prior to Nebraska, he spent two seasons as a Cal defensive coach. An All-WAC defensive lineman at Hawaii in the late 1990s, Tuioti first six years of collegiate coaching came at his alma mater from 2008-13, and his recruiting ties remain strong on the islands. Tuioti also coached linebackers and defensive linemen, and spent time as a director of player personnel.
The hiring of Tuioti would also serve to indicate current defensive line coach Joe Salave’a will not be retained.
Oregon has officially announced the addition of Kenny Dillingham as the team’s new offensive coordinator and Matthew Powledge as co-defensive coordinator.