Dave Aranda reportedly remains a significant target for Texas A&M.
On Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle’s Brent Zwerneman used Twitter to report that “A&M has been zeroed in on one guy at defensive coordinator since early on: LSU’s Dave Aranda.” Zwerneman added the line, “I expect this to happen.”
It’s a somewhat curious development, given that Aranda recently turned down the Aggies.
Just like the A&M coaching search zeroed in on one guy as its target in Jimbo Fisher, every indication I’ve received A&M has been zeroed in on one guy at defensive coordinator since early on: LSU’s Dave Aranda. I expect this to happen.
— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) January 3, 2018
It will be interesting to see if Aranda, who’s regarded as one of the country’s top defensive minds, has a change of heart or if he’ll stay at LSU. Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman used Twitter to write that Aranda could be in line for a hefty raise no matter where the assistant coach works next season. Aranda currently earns $1.3 million a year with the Tigers, and Football Scoop reported that Texas A&M is offering him “considerably over $2 million per year, full autonomy on defense and ‘anything Dave needs to do his job to the best of his abilities.'”
I'm pretty sure #LSU was going to be paying DC Dave Aranda $2M+ after Jimbo Fisher's first run at him. Aranda might end up making close to a million more a year than any other DC by the time these two schools are thru with this one battle.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 3, 2018
LSU went 9-4 this season, capped by a loss to Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl.
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