Jimbo Fisher’s home-run hire at defensive coordinator won’t be LSU’s Dave Aranda, according to Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge Advocate.
Aranda, finishing his second season with LSU on Monday in the Citrus Bowl, turned down the Aggies earlier this week, reported Dellenger, citing sources.
Aranda is college football’s highest paid assistant, according to USA Today. He made $1.8 million this season and will make $1.85 million next season.
If indeed Aranda said no to the Aggies it adds to the rivalry since Fisher while at Florida State twice turned down LSU, though Fisher had been an assistant in Baton Rouge. So Fisher thinks A&M is the better job and Arnada is banking on LSU. So stay tuned.
It’s also ironic if A&M made a run at Aranda as he prepared to play Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl. Three years ago A&M basically hired defensive coordinator John Chavis away from LSU as it prepared to play Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl.
Notre Dame beat Chavis and LSU 31-28 three years ago and the Irish beat the Tigers on Monday 21-17 on a one-handed, 55-yard game-winning catch by Miles Boykin.
Three years ago, Les Miles was LSU’s head coach and he replaced Chavis with Kevin Steele who left after a season for Auburn with the Tigers landing Aranda from Wisconsin.
Another interesting twist in Aranda turning down the Aggies is previous reports had Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko turning down interest from A&M, though Irish head coach Brian Kelly never mentioned the program.