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College Football Insider Brett McMurphy of WatchStadium.com is reporting that LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda could be a possible candidate for the vacant head coaching job at Utah State.

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Utah State is looking for a replacement for Matt Wells who left for the Texas Tech head coaching job this week. Wells was making $900,000 as the Aggies head coach this year.

LSU gave Aranda a contract extension last January worth $2.5 million that will keep him on staff until 2021 after Texas A&M attempted to hire him away from Baton Rouge in the offseason. Aranda's contract does not have a penalty if he takes a college head coaching position.

Aranda was the defensive coordinator at Utah State in 2012 for one year before joining Wisconsin's staff from 2013-2015. He was hired to be LSU's defensive coordinator in 2016 by former head coach Les Miles and now hold the title of associate head coach along with DC/LB coach under Ed Orgeron.
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TigerB866 months
LOL, if Aranda leaves, i'm done with LSU football for a while. He's the only thing keepign this program's head above water right now.
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Vernonbrew2266 months
I second that. Aranda is freakin beast
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siliconvalleytiger66 months
Why would he go to utah state? I’d understand a 2nd tier program but not 4th tier.
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JackieTreehorn66 months
Aranda will have his choice of jobs soon.
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Vernonbrew2266 months
Utah State is in a nice town, and more importantly, in a center of lots of NW stepping stone jobs (Utah, Cal, Wash., etc.). He could take a position like this. Say no to Ogden pls
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voodooidotwo66 months
Yeah, no way he takes that trash job lol
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HuRRiCaNe MiLeS66 months
Ride for bob shoop
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theunknownknight66 months
NOOOO!!! WE SUCK AGAIN!!!!
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Buckeye Jeaux67 months
No way Utah State will pay Aranda 2.5 million. Aranda will either stay at LSU or accept a Power % job at well over 2.5.
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SomeLSUguy67 months
He'd be selling himself short going to Utah State...
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SaintInBham67 months
If he takes Ed and Steve with him, it might not be a bad thing
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rob6267 months
Man stop being a dumbass.
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TigerSpray67 months
Fire bama pajama Payton...... then hire Aranda.
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Metaloctopus67 months
I can't imagine Aranda walking away from the money he's making here to be the head coach of some mid-major program. This does not concern me. When a major program comes calling, I'll have more concern. And he's always going to be on the radar for an NFL DC job.
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Chalkywhite8467 months
Looks like Utah st already has someone in mind. Aranda will be here another year unless something bigger comes his way
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TGK4LSU67 months
LSU pays him double what Utah State would. I don't see this happening
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rbdallas66 months
and with less headaches
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alumni9566 months
Closer to triple, based on last HC salary.
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JHH4LSU67 months
Imagine Utah State with Klingsbury as OC and Aranda as head coach. Sadly at best we keep our DC for one more year.
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HueyP67 months
Hate to break it to you. DA is no fan of the air raid offense. Air raids wear out defense. DA is the main reason Canada was fired.
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Tiger in Texas67 months
Well, we know LSU is not going to give him another raise...
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rbdallas66 months
and they should not
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Cheupique67 months
Probably not Utah State, but it’s just a matter of time before he gone.
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rbdallas66 months
that may / may not be true. not everyone wants to be a HC, or is good at it. His salary slows that process down,
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BTRDD67 months
Name him head coach in waiting.
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cra_cra67 months
This is a wish list... not a potential candidate list. Aranda is not going to leave for Utah State.
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CanebreakCajun67 months
I don't think he'll go. He can make 3 times as much for another year and wait for better jobs to open next year.
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