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LSU DC Dave Aranda top candidate to replace Matt Rhule at Baylor

Dave Aranda Baylor

The LSU coaching staff is taking major hit after major hit following Monday night’s blowout win over Clemson in the National Championship Game.

Having already seen passing game coordinator Joe Brady head to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, the Tigers could very well lose respected defensive coordinator Dave Aranda here soon.

According to this report, Aranda is the top candidate to replace Matt Rhule as the Baylor head coach.

It’s an interesting turn in this story. Rhule left the Baylor program to become the Carolina Panthers new head coach, bringing the above-mentioned Brady with him.

If this were to come to fruition, it’s a well-deserved promotion for the 43-year-old Aranda. He was originally slated to take the UNLV job earlier, but backed out at the last minute.

Aranda has served as the defensive coordinator for Ed Orgeron with LSU since 2016. Prior to that, the veteran coach acted as the Wisconsin defensive coordinator from 2013-15. Traditionally, his defenses have been among the best in college football.

It would be somewhat of a change of philosophy for the Waco-based Baylor Bears after seeing offensive-minded head coaches lead the charge over the past several seasons.

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