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Friday, May 29, 2020

Dave Aranda leaving LSU to become Baylor head coach

Dave Aranda

LSU just won the national championship on Monday night, and their coaching staff is already crumbling.

First, passing game coordinator Joe Brady left to take the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator job. Now defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is leaving for Baylor. The Bears lost Matt Rhule to the Panthers and are hiring Aranda to fill the vacancy, according to multiple reports.

Aranda, 43, was Tom Herman’s college roommate at Cal Lutheran. He has been at LSU since 2016 and makes $2.5 million per season. He received a major pay bump two years ago after LSU stepped up to prevent him from leaving for Texas A&M.

Aranda has helped coordinate a top defense every season at LSU. They were fifth in the nation in points allowed in 2016, his first season on the job. They have steadily allowed more points, but that’s come as the offense has scored more points, resulting in more possessions for the opposing team.

This would be Aranda’s first head coaching job.

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