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Baylor head coach Dave Aranda could be a possible candidate to replace Ed Orgeron in Baton Rouge next year but the former LSU defensive coordinator could also be a target for the USC job, according to Bruce Feldman.


Aranda, a native of Southern California, was the defensive coordinator at LSU from 2016-2019 and was making $2.5 million a year in his final contract. He left Baton Rouge after the 2019 championship season to become the head coach at Baylor, replacing Matt Rhule who took the Carolina Panthers job.

Aranda went just 2-7 in his first season at Baylor last year but has guided the Bears to a No. 11 ranking in the AP Top 25 with an 8-2 overall record this season.

Do you think Aranda would come back to LSU or head out West? Or is he staying put at Baylor?
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LSU puts him a far better situation talent-wise, competition-wise, and the benefits of recruiting the state of louisiana
Reply2 months
But will not have the immense pressure of winning 10-11 games in the SEC…
2 months
Well if hes afraid of the pressure of winning in the SEC, he doesn't need to be a coach here anyway.
2 months
If USC could go back to keeping the Southern California kids at home with a half decent coach, USC is back on top in a year or two a la Pete. So cal takes a back seat to no one talent wise.
2 months
I really hope we get him.
Reply2 months
If USC is looking at him then it means LSU is not.
Reply2 months
Please explain. Because that sounds stupid.
2 months
USC puts players in a far better situation to cash in on NIL. Big money donors, 2nd largest media market in the country, USC gets a winning team and the players get great exposure, and boatloads of social media followers. Hot stars come to USC, beautiful women on campus, great weather, 5 star players will flock to USC with Aranda there, make bank and the university returns to its position as a top 5 program. I mean, let's be real. I am LSU all the way, but let's not stick our head in the sand and pretend that Baton Rouge is Southern Cal with beaches, babes and basically unlimited money sponsors. NIL is going to influence these kinds of decision by players, and the smart coaches will recognize that. And as TwoDatBait alluded to, the SEC is a meat-grinder league. Aranda could own the PAC12 like Saban owns the SEC.
Reply2 months
Yeah, I mean, USC does such a great job recruiting as it is......
2 months
CanebreakCajun - USC has consistently been top 10 in recruiting classes since 2006 with beating LSU in ranking half the time.
2 months
People are going to have their feelings hurt but you're not wrong
2 months
Hugh Freeze, just win baby.
Reply2 months
He lost to Bowden and ULM
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Taxes
Reply2 months
And the liberal loons
2 months
Should stay where he's at. USC has been in shambles since Pete Carroll fled the country to avoid NCAA sanctions against him. Whoever is the coach isn't going to fix that before being fired in three years. Aranda needs a couple of more years of success to be considered a high profile head coach.
Reply2 months
Waco is a place to stop and take a piss while driving between Dallas and Austin. Nothing more.
2 months
I hope we have been in his ear all along. He needs to come to LSU!
Reply2 months
I believe he will stay at Baylor.
Reply2 months
Would be pissed if USC got him, but hey, if home is calling, I understand...
Reply2 months
Well if Aranda wants to go back to California, this would be the job.
Reply2 months
Not built to be HC at LSU
Reply2 months
Shocking
Reply2 months
Rumor has it that DA makes $4mil at Baylor. USC likes to pay in the high 4's. Other universities are kicking in 8-10, so if DA waits a year, and has positive results on the field, he can get a fat money job. I say he does one more Baylor year.
Reply2 months
Best of luck in Southern California, Coach.
Reply2 months
He might feel like anything less than a natty would be a letdown (at LSU). USC only sniffed natty once a good while ago. It is just a guess. Regardless, he was a good coach here and in Waco
Reply2 months
If he doesnt go to LSU, id like to see him go out west. Not florida or somewhere dangerous.
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