Baylor is on the verge of hiring LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda as its new head coach, a move that ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit is in support of.
Aranda has been one of the elite defensive coordinators in the sport for the last decade. He’s been linked to various head coaching openings in the past but it looks like he’s finally found a match.
Herbstreit shared his thoughts on Baylor’s selection of Aranda on Twitter this evening.
“Awesome opportunity for a great coach,” the ESPN analyst wrote. “Well deserved. Good luck!”
Awesome opportunity for a great coach. Well deserved. Good luck! https://t.co/Odhs89cYiy
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 16, 2020
After strong DC stints at Hawaii, Utah State and Wisconsin, Aranda was hired by LSU in 2016. In four seasons in Baton Rouge, he established himself as the highest-paid assistant coach in the country.
This year, Aranda helped the Tigers achieve a 15-0 record and win the program’s fourth national championship. He will replace Matt Rhule in Waco after Rhule left to become the new head coach of the Carolina Panthers.
Ironically, Rhule’s decision to head to the professional ranks has cost LSU two assistants. Earlier this week, Rhule hired the Tigers’ passing game coordinator Joe Brady as his offensive coordinator.
Now Aranda will be taking over the Bears’ program from him. Baylor went 11-3 in 2019.