The “Dave Aranda to Texas A&M” talk won’t go away, and speculation is A&M is willing to offer Aranda – who has been defensive coordinator at LSU for the past two seasons – upward of $2 million annually to make the move.
Aranda currently is the highest-paid coordinator in the country, earning $1.8 million this season at LSU. His salary is set to increase to $1.85 million in 2018 and $1.9 million in 2019. He could become the first college assistant to make more than $2 million per season.
Texas A&M made a run at Aranda over the weekend, and The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La., reported that he said “no.” Now, though, the offer apparently has been sweetened.
Should Aranda leave LSU for a non-head coaching position within 500 miles of Baton Rouge, he would owe the university 40 percent of his remaining salary. It was thought this provision was put into place to deter Aranda from joining his college roommate, Tom Herman, at Texas.
Texas A&M has finalized its offensive staff, but there have been no defensive assistants hired. The new DC figures to have a lot of leeway in picking his assistants.
Last week, Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher said he had “plenty of time” to make a hire.
“That’s one thing about this dead period now (in recruiting); you have no rush to do things,” he said. “You have all the way until the 12th (of January) to do so because you can’t get back on the road.”
Aranda also has been linked to the Green Bay Packers. Reports have surfaced that Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers will not return in 2018. Aranda interviewed for a spot on Mike McCarthy’s staff in 2015, when he was serving as defensive coordinator of the Wisconsin Badgers. It is believed Vic Fangio is the Packers’ top candidate, though.
LSU already seems set to lose offensive coordinator Matt Canada. There already are some concerns regarding LSU coach Ed Orgeron. If Orgeron has to replace both coordinators after one season in charge, there will be more concerns.
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