LSU is in the midst of arguably its best season in program history – yes, including the three national championship teams. If these Tigers can win the title, it will be one of the most impressive seasons in college football history.
All of that success, though, comes at a price.
Winning teams generally see turnover within the coaching staff. Down programs turn to winning programs to poach the coaches – and that appears to be the case in Baton Rouge.
LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda was rumored as a top candidate for two college football programs. Colorado State and UNLV both reportedly saw Aranda as a top target. On Tuesday night, it seemed like Aranda was poised to leave LSU for UNLV.
A lot can change in a short amount of time.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Aranda and UNLV had talks, but could not come to an agreement.
Sources now telling me #LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is not expected to be the next #UNLV coach. There were some initial talks from both sides but no offer was made. #Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo remains a strong candidate for the UNLV job.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 11, 2019
It’s not the first time a program has tried to pry Aranda away from LSU.
In early 2018, Texas A&M made a major run at Aranda. The Tigers responded by upping his pay to an eye-popping $2.5 million per year, more than most FBS head coaches.
Colorado State still looms, but for now, Aranda remains a Tiger.