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Multiple sources are reporting that LSU's defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has emerged as the front-runner for the UNLV head coaching job and that a deal could be done relatively soon.

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Aranda is currently in his fourth season as LSU's defensive coordinator and signed a 4-year, 2.5 million dollar contract in 2017. His current deal makes him the highest-paid assistant coach in College Football.

The 43-year old coach from Redlands, Calif. came to LSU after serving as the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin from 2013–2015.

During last year's Fiesta Bowl press conference, he made it clear that becoming a head coach was a goal he wanted to achieve.

Stay tuned for developments.
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HuRRiCaNe MiLeS51 months
Bo Pelini or Bob Shoop come on down.
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lynxcat51 months
I expected him to get a much better gig than UNLV.
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oline526451 months
So, if he goes, what are yalls thoughts on Bo Pelini coming back? Or is there someone else LSU should pursue? Just asking. I’m a firm believer that you don’t leave until you’re gone.
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oline526451 months
So, if he goes, what are yalls thoughts on Bo Pelini coming back? Or is there someone else LSU should pursue? Just asking. I’m a firm believer that you don’t leave until you’re gone.
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Bige1151 months
I say no to Bo
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HuRRiCaNe MiLeS51 months
All in for Bo Pelini. Aranda could never never sniff a dominant defense Pelini fielded before.
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FLObserver51 months
No way he leaves without finishing season. If he leaves before then that will leave some bad feelings.
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Wonder if this is why coach o has been visiting with all his top def recruits this past week!
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This whole things smells to me. Unlv!!! What conference are they in?!?!? Why not wait for a P5 job? Timing...!#@!#@#! Wtf.
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And the policy of letting coordinators interview during season... did we not see what happened to bama last year!
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Bige1151 months
Maybe the man didn’t take ole miss and Arkansas job out of loyalty to LSU? I think this is a stand up man. He will finish the job he started here. After that, I wish him the best.
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bamagreycoat51 months
Is it official that Aranda was offered the Arkansas and Ole Miss jobs? I’m struggling to believe he’d turn down two SEC jobs but accept UNLV.
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CanebreakCajun51 months
If he wants to go that fine, but if he leaves before the playoffs end..... I hope he wouldn’t do that, Kirby smart stayed he got Alabama job
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BTRDD51 months
LSU has made him the highest paid DC for how many years? Coach O unselfishly made sure his assistance were paid nearly as much as he was. After all this, if Aranda bails on LSU on the verge of winning a NC, then I wish him the worse of luck as a head coach.
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coachw51 months
Never been a fan of "third and Aranda. Chance of a lifetime for LSU and this prick is pulling this crap!!
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HuRRiCaNe MiLeS51 months
The most overrated assistant coach in CFB.
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BTRDD51 months
Should not be allowed until the playoff is over.
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Shiftyplus151 months
He can go frick himself if he takes the job and starts fricking around in Las Vegas. Chavismo did that shite with the Faggies and it still pisses me off. Right before the biggest game of his and his kids careers, and hes doing this shit. After the school gave him everything he wanted. What a complete a-hole if he leaves like this.
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NOBOTIGER51 months
Too bad he didn’t tell the other schools to contact him after the playoffs and stayed focus on that... could hurt us in the end.
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GeauxsomeMeaux51 months
These other schools Need to get their programs going! They can’t wait!
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geaux8851 months
Hope he stays for the playoffs, IF he goes; I wish him well. He could have a couple decent years at the stepping stone of UNLV, turn them into a decent team for their level, and then be considered for much bigger and better things. Sorry, I like the guy. He dealt with a metric shite ton of injuries this year. DV away.
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Nope. Upvote.
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coachw51 months
Frig him.
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The Belk51 months
Hope he does very well. Its not a destination spot but he can get his feet wet as HC.
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CharlesLSU51 months
But, why?
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Water Mocassin51 months
It’s a coaching graveyard.
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KingwoodLsuFan51 months
Don't blame him going here. He knows that area when he was at Utah State and it's a good head coaching opportunity for him. Realistically we're lucky to of had him this long.
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CharlesLSU51 months
He could command a MUCH better gig.
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KennabraTiger51 months
to HAVE had him this long.
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HuRRiCaNe MiLeS51 months
Please show me in facts how lucky we are? What did Aranda bring?
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225Tyga51 months
Good go who needs you BEAT IT LEAVE ME ALONE!!
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GeauxsomeMeaux51 months
Are you serious? You can’t blame him for not wanting to be an assistant coach his whole life! He’s been here for 4 yrs. We need to thank him for what he has done for our program.
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kilroy51 months
@"GeauxsomeMeaux - I think that is a reference to Happy Gilmore
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225Tyga51 months
It’s a fricking JOKE people. Have none of you seen Happy Gilmore?
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