LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda officially named new Baylor head coach

LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda officially named new Baylor head coach
LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

WACO, Texas (WAFB) - Baylor University has officially named LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda as its next head coach.

The university announced Aranda as its 28th head coach on Thursday, Jan. 16.

“Today is an exciting day for Baylor,” said Mack B. Rhoades IV, Baylor vice pres. and dir. of intercollegiate athletics. “Dave is a special person who loves football and his student-athletes, is highly intellectual, and is a great mission fit for both Baylor Athletics and the University at large. Along with demonstrated success on the field, Dave shares in our vision of Preparing Champions for Life and our collective commitment to live by One Standard and in One Accord. We look forward to him carrying those values forward as the next leader of our football program. Join me in welcoming Dave, Dione, Jaelyn, Jordyn and Ronin to Waco.”

“I’m excited to get started as a Baylor Bear,” Aranda added. “From the outside looking in, I was so impressed watching Baylor play. Seeing the unity of the team and the togetherness of their play really illustrated a strong culture. After meeting Mack Rhoades, talking with President Livingstone and seeing Baylor’s alignment from top down you can see why they have been so successful. I’m ready to touch down in Waco and get to work.”

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Multiple media outlets started reporting earlier in the day that Aranda was expected to be named the new leader of the Bears.

Aranda, 43, replaces Matt Rhule, who helped resurrect the Baylor program before taking the head coaching job with the Carolina Panthers. Rhule made Joe Brady, former LSU passing coordinator, the youngest offensive coordinator in the NFL when he hired him away from Baton Rouge this week.

Aranda was defensive coordinator at LSU for four seasons and is considered one of the top defensive minds in college football.

“If fans are concerned, I would hearken back to when (Ed Orgeron) was hired,” Fox Sports analyst Tim Brando told WAFB Thursday. “What did you think then? What did he prove since? Get over it. You’re going to be fine.”

Brando noted that Brady could be replaced with one of the analysts already on staff at LSU, adding that offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger “didn’t just fall off a turnip truck and not be able to do anything without Joe Brady.”

Current LSU offensive analyst and former UL-Lafayette offensive coordinator Jorge Munoz’s name has surfaced in connection with Brady’s job.

“Munoz is the guy that’s been in the ear of the quarterback on the field all season long. He was the voice to the booth, Ensminger, and Brady during the course of the game. If Joe Burrow had to talk to anyone about what was going on, it was going to be Munoz,” Brando added.

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