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UPDATE: Dave Aranda has turned down Texas A&M and will remain at LSU.

Multiple sources are reporting that Texas A&M will make a serious attempt to hire LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda away from Baton Rouge.

According to many reports, Aranda is being offered a substantial amount of money and the freedom to hand pick his own staff.

Aranda is currently college football's highest-paid coordinator with a total pay of $1.8 million. In 2016, Aranda agreed to a new three-year contract to remain with the Tigers and received the title of associate head coach. Per The Advocate:
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Aranda already is the highest paid assistant in college football, set to make $1.85 million this year under a contract that runs through the 2019 season. A stipulation in his contract calls for him to pay a buyout of 40 percent of his remaining salary if he were to leave for a non-head coaching position less than 500 miles from LSU's campus. That amount would be about $1.5 million in this case.

LSU officials are aware of A&M's latest pursuit of the most celebrated member of its staff. They expect to meet with the coach at some point soon to discuss finances.
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5....4...3...2...1.... melt
Reply14 days
If we dont match whatever they offer then we are less concerned with winning than we even thought.
Reply14 days
Why does everyone assume LSU won’t match an offer? Aranda has been at LSU for 3 seasons, and has gotten a raise every year! He’s the highest paid assistant in college football! Money is not an issue. LSU has deep pockets, too!
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Do you know who F. King Alexander is?
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if that happens, this program will implode
Reply14 days
If he leaves, I’ll probably take a break from the program until the next big staff change.
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If he leaves, LSU will need 10+ years to recover.
Reply14 days
Jimbo really....stop trying because it want happen
Reply14 days
I hope it doesn’t happen but money talks
14 days
They hired Chief. That worked out quite well for them. /sarc The definition of insanity is doing things repeatedly but hoping for different results.
Reply14 days
That’s not the definition of insanity. And hiring Aranda is not the same thing as repeatedly hiring Chief.
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Work at a company that is heavily rooted and connected to aTm in many ways. Don’t burn me on the stake if I’m wrong which I truly hope I am but supposedly Aranda to aTm is very plausible. Pushing to ‘present’ new DC today.
Reply14 days
hold on to aranda, watch a&m piss away millions on jimbo and continue to lose, ??? profit
Reply14 days
best comment yet
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Texas A&M is desperate for for giving Jimbo a contract for ten years for that much money
Reply14 days
When will they learn that our homegrown players make our coordinators better.
Reply14 days
Isn't this old news?
Reply14 days
Never mind. Didn't know there was a counter offer.
14 days
I love DA but that is a serious offer and choice for him to make. LSU has some stout defenses prior to DA and will have stout defenses once he finally departs.
Reply14 days
You people make me sick
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LSU has plenty of money, too. This is getting ridiculous nationwide. Contracts mean nothing! Schools are willing to pay buyouts, regardless of the amount. Why not just renegotiate every season with your coaches. It’s fair for everyone. That said, I don’t think Aranda would leave with all the talent he will have next year. A&M is a wannabe. Plus, Dave said his family absolutely loves BR. And obviously, he and Coach O get along very well. I don’t think he would take a chance with Jimbo’s quirkiness. But, you never know. The program will endure!
Reply14 days
I agree with basically all you’ve said. But how is this obvious: “And obviously, he and Coach O get along very well.“ ???
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Well, alumni95, the fact that he’s on staff despite being hired by Miles is a good indication that he and O have a good relationship. Otherwise, he would probably be in Texas with Herman. Plus, I have never heard of anything bad between him and Oregon, have you? The rift between O and Canada went public immediately and with social media, it’s virtually impossible to keep something like that a secret. I just feel he’s happy where he’s at, based on his interview at the Citrus Bowl. Of course, this is purely speculation on my part.
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"And obviously, he and Coach O get along very well. " LOLOLOL.
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LSU football lawlz
Reply14 days
This worries me but not as much as Green Bay Packers DC job worries me.
Reply14 days
I say what I am about to say with all the tiger love in my heart. If I am Aranda, given what I have seen the last 1.5 seasons as O as a HC, I am gone. LSU football is on a solid downward trajectory and our athletic department in run by an incompetent boob. A&M is aggressively trying to make their football program a winner while LSU's administration is treating our football program as a cash cow. Just like in business an up and comer wants to work for the aggressively growing brand, not the cash cow. I fear that unless something changes (AD Leadership) LSU is going to have a hard time holding onto talented coaches and will have years of coach O types. Hell the reality is Saban was an aberration, not the norm for us. I hate to say that but look at it and its true.
Reply14 days
Sooooooo we might need an OC and a DC?? Melt is about to happen.
Reply14 days
Strange...I posted a topic saying I heard rumors of this last week...as expected the rant went nuclear on me...I’m a liar, I’m retarded, I’m an idiot...the usual....then TD took the entire thread down within an hour. Can we pay our DC more than our head coach???
Reply14 days
Yes, he's worth more.
14 days
You might as well make him the head coach for that amount
14 days
Let him go, who cares at this point. We have a gumbo cook as our head coach.
Reply14 days
Yep, with fans like you why should he stay?
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maybe you'll go too, bye
14 days
Right, and assistants seem to seriously want to leave despite the fact that LSU would match any offer.
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He ain’t leaving, except for the NFL
Reply14 days
Wanna bet ?
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