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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
Reply9 months
If we dont match whatever they offer then we are less concerned with winning than we even thought.
Reply9 months
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!
9 months
Do you know who F. King Alexander is?
9 months
if that happens, this program will implode
Reply9 months
If he leaves, I’ll probably take a break from the program until the next big staff change.
9 months
If he leaves, LSU will need 10+ years to recover.
Reply9 months
Jimbo really....stop trying because it want happen
Reply9 months
I hope it doesn’t happen but money talks
9 months
They hired Chief. That worked out quite well for them. /sarc The definition of insanity is doing things repeatedly but hoping for different results.
Reply9 months
That’s not the definition of insanity. And hiring Aranda is not the same thing as repeatedly hiring Chief.
9 months
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.
Reply9 months
hold on to aranda, watch a&m piss away millions on jimbo and continue to lose, ??? profit
Reply9 months
best comment yet
9 months
Texas A&M is desperate for for giving Jimbo a contract for ten years for that much money
Reply9 months
When will they learn that our homegrown players make our coordinators better.
Reply9 months
Isn't this old news?
Reply9 months
Never mind. Didn't know there was a counter offer.
9 months
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.
Reply9 months
You people make me sick
9 months
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!
Reply9 months
I agree with basically all you’ve said. But how is this obvious: “And obviously, he and Coach O get along very well.“ ???
9 months
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.
9 months
"And obviously, he and Coach O get along very well. " LOLOLOL.
9 months
LSU football lawlz
Reply9 months
This worries me but not as much as Green Bay Packers DC job worries me.
Reply9 months
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.
Reply9 months
Sooooooo we might need an OC and a DC?? Melt is about to happen.
Reply9 months
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???
Reply9 months
Yes, he's worth more.
9 months
You might as well make him the head coach for that amount
9 months
Let him go, who cares at this point. We have a gumbo cook as our head coach.
Reply9 months
Yep, with fans like you why should he stay?
9 months
maybe you'll go too, bye
9 months
Right, and assistants seem to seriously want to leave despite the fact that LSU would match any offer.
9 months
He ain’t leaving, except for the NFL
Reply9 months
Wanna bet ?
9 months
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