By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor
Check on major item off Ed Orgeron’s to-do list as LSU’s new head football coach.
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has agreed to a new three-year deal to remain at LSU, a source confirmed to Tiger Rag. The new deal includes a raise, an extension and the title of “associate head coach” being made permanent for the duration of the deal. The contract hasn’t been signed yet.
It’s a large victory for LSU’s new man in charge, delivering on the promise he made during his introductory press conference to keep Aranda in Baton Rouge and quelling any notion that he’d join Tom Herman, his college roommate at Cal Lutheran, in Texas.
“He’s happy. I’m happy,” Orgeron said Saturday. “Dave and I have a great relationship. I totally expect Dave to be with us. We understand he’s one of the top guys in the country. People are going to come after him.
“Joe (Alleva) and I had a great conversation about Dave. I feel confident he’s going to be with us.”
The 40-year-old was a semifinalist for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant, during his first season since coming over from Wisconsin. LSU finished seventh nationally in scoring defense and allowed three total touchdowns in the team’s four losses.
Aranda is currently out on the road recruiting with the rest of LSU’s staff. He went in-home with Livonia linebacker Patrick Queen on Monday night.
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