A report came out Sunday that linked Oregon coach Dan Lanning to the vacant job at Auburn. On Monday night, Lanning unlinked himself from the Southeastern Conference job he might otherwise be suitably prepped to take.

Lanning is nine games into his tenure at Oregon, sitting at 8-1 overall, and 6-0 in the Pac-12, good for first place. His Ducks are primed to move up from last week’s No. 8 slot when the latest College Football Playoff rankings are unveiled Tuesday night.

Still, Lanning was forced to address rumors from an Auburn-produced fan site that there’s mutual interest between the school and the former Nick Saban assistant.

“The grass is not always greener,” Lanning, 36, said about the report. “The grass is damn green in Eugene. I want to be here in Eugene for as long as Eugene will have me."