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LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda's salary of $2.5 million makes him the highest paid assistant coach in College Football, according to USA Today Sports' updated database of the highest paid assistants.

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables was No. 2 on list with a salary of $2,200,000, followed by Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele at No. 3 with a salary of $2,050,000.

Aranda’s contract, which is guaranteed through March 31, 2022, makes him more highly paid than four head coaches in the Pac-12 Conference. Missouri’s Barry Odom, a head coach in Aranda’s own league, the Southeastern Conference, made slightly less ($2.35 million) this season.

Aranda, 42, was a little-known commodity as recently as six years ago. After working his way up from places like Cal Lutheran and Delta State to the FBS level at Utah State in 2012, his reputation blossomed when he followed Gary Anderson to Wisconsin and ran a defense that finished in the top-10 nationally for three straight seasons even though his roster wasn’t loaded with blue-chip recruits.
Here is how all of LSU's assistant coaches stack up in the database.

1. Dave Aranda - $2.5 million
42. Steve Ensminger - $800K
85. Tommie Robinson - $600K
150. James Cregg - $485K
164. Jerry Sullivan - $460K
205. Corey Raymond - $410K
245. Greg McMahon - $385K
247. Bill Busch - $385K
489. Mickey Joseph - $235K
529. Dennis Johnson - $210K

You can see the full database here.
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He is so bad - just watch the AtM overtimes
Reply4 months
None of Aranda's defenses has ever been close to the 2003,2007,or 2011 defenses.
Reply4 months
I am not going to say Aranda is overrated. I will say that he is overpaid based on his product. We faced some very stout defenses this year that I was more impressed with than ours. Most concerning is his inability to recruit/develop pass rushers. Chaisson went down and we had nothing... zip... notta. To demand top pay, you have to do better, IMO. 70+ pts to figgies still hurts.
Reply4 months
raymond and aranda the only ones worth the price. Raymond needs a raise.Take some from ensminger/gregg/robinson/sullivan. Offensive staff sure didnt earn it!
Reply5 months
I wouldn't take as much from the offensive guys as I would from the over paid aranda, based on what he's making. HIS defense was hardly anywhere near a "shut down" product, mediocre against the run, and zip on the pass rush. Let's hope he has more imagination in stopping UCF than he did against a 7-4 atm team.
4 months
Raymond needs a raise pronto. How many DBs has this guy recruited and sent to the NFL? Most of them first round picks.
Reply5 months
LSU staff is fourth in country in pay...... We are not getting our money’s worth. ... need a change soon
Reply5 months
Agreed. When you look at it this way, we should be in the top 5.
4 months
Aranda is overrated. Sorry.
Reply5 months
Are you eating lead paint chips?
5 months
That's a fact jack, I don't see the genuis in Aranda's defense, became very evident in his inability to come up with 1 stop in OT against atm
4 months
We need a staff purge bigly
Reply5 months
Jerry Sullivan - $460K We need more production out of the wide receivers for almost a half a mill
Reply5 months
No way Cregg and Robinson should make more than Raymond.
Reply5 months
$800k won't bring in the best OC.
Reply5 months
Duh. If LSU wants another OC the money is there.
5 months
Cregg and Raymond need a raise ASAP!
Reply5 months
why does Cregg need a raise?Oline was terrible.
5 months
42. Steve Ensminger — $800K Crying.gif
Reply5 months
$800K for Ensminger. lulz
Reply5 months
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