Dave Aranda nets new deal, making him college football’s highest paid assistant

Dave Aranda’s deal is done — officially.

LSU confirmed the promotion and pay raise of its defensive coordinator Wednesday morning, announcing Aranda had signed a contract worth $5.55 million that runs through March of 2020.

This, on the heels of a debut season in which Aranda led the Tiger defense to sixth place nationally in scoring defense. Aranda’s unit gave up just three touchdowns in LSU’s four losses.

“We are pleased to have the best defensive coordinator in all of college football with us at LSU,” head coach Ed Orgeron said in a release. “Dave is an outstanding, coach, teacher and man. We are fortunate to have him as an LSU Tiger.”

Aranda’s buyout, per the school, would be 40 percent of his remaining salary for a non-head coaching job within 500 miles of Baton Rouge, and 15 percent outside of 500 miles.

“My family loves Baton Rouge,” said Aranda. “We are excited to build on what we’ve started. LSU is a special place. Our outstanding student-athletes, the passion of our fans, the first class facilities and the commitment to excellence from the administration makes LSU one of the premier programs in college football and I’m thrilled to be part of it.”

Aranda’s raise comes with a promotion to associate head coach.

“We believe Coach Aranda is the best defensive coordinator in the country,” said athletic director Joe Alleva. “We wanted to make sure he came home to an agreement that was fitting of the best.”



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