Aranda signs new deal with LSU

Dave Aranda has signed a deal to remain at LSU (Photo: Matt Bush, USA TODAY Sports)

If there was uncertainty as to whether or not LSU would hold on to defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, the discussion can now be put to rest.

On Sunday, Aranda signed a new contract to remain on board as the defensive coordinator in Baton Rouge, sources confirmed with the Geaux247 staff on Sunday evening.

Aranda, who left Wisconsin for LSU in January 2015, received a three-year deal to remain in Baton Rouge, which included the title of associate head coach. Aranda has been on the road recruiting for the Tigers this past week, making stops across the Southeast as the staff looks to close on linebackers in the 2017 class.

There had been reports that Texas head coach Tom Herman would make a push to bring Aranda with him to Austin. Herman and Aranda were college roommates at Cal Lutheran.

Aranda’s first year in Baton Rouge was a successful one. He moved the Tigers up to the No. 6 defense in the country, allowing only 16.4 points per game. Aranda’s defense entered the final weekend of the regular season ahead of every team in college football in touchdowns allowed, though a big night from the Texas A&M defense dropped the Tigers to No. 2 in the country with just 16 touchdowns allowed all season.

The verdict remains out on who will fill the two spots currently open on LSU's staff, with Orgeron still in the search process for an offensive coordinator and special teams coordinator. Orgeron said on Sunday that it would likely be after the bowl game by the time both hires are made.

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