LSU fighting hard to keep DC Dave Aranda in Baton Rouge

LSU fighting hard to keep DC Dave Aranda in Baton Rouge

Texas A&M was focused on just one man as its next defensive coordinator in Dave Aranda, but the Aggies will have to look elsewhere, as the current LSU defensive coordinator has turned down the position once again, per The Advocate's Ross Dellenger. And it sure is a lucrative one, as Aranda will now make $2.5 million in each of the next four seasons.

While LSU may be about to part ways with OC Matt Canada, the Tigers aren't as willing to let Aranda walk away after only two years with the program.

According to Brent Zwerneman, the Texas A&M beat reporter for the Houston Chronicle, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher has "zeroed in" on Aranda to join his staff as defensive coordinator.

Aranda also serves as assistant head coach at LSU. Fisher came over to A&M from Florida State, where he won the BCS Championship after the 2013 season.

Clemson's Brent Venables was the second highest paid assistant a year ago, at $1.7 million. Coach Ed Orgeron confirmed the news in a tweet on Wednesday night.

Orgeron was promoted to interim coach in 2016 after Les Miles was sacked and given the permanent job in 2017. LSU is coming off of a disappointing 9-4 season that ended in a Citrus Bowl loss to Notre Dame.

LSU's defense has been dominant under Aranda, finishing the 2017 season 12th in total defense after finishing 10th in 2016.

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