There was some huge news in the college football coaching world on Sunday when LSU and Ed Orgeron agreed to part ways after the 2021 season. This is now the second big-time head coaching opening that will be available this offseason, joining the USC Trojans.
One of the names that has surfaced around the LSU opening is former defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who is now the head coach at Baylor. Aranda has had the Bears in the Top 25 twice this season, including in the most recent rankings that came out on Sunday.
However one credible SEC reporter with ties to Louisiana is saying Aranda is not on LSU’s shortlist.
Outkick’s Glenn Guilbeau reported on Sunday evening that LSU was “not interested” in Aranda, adding, “Baylor coach Dave Aranda was a great defensive coordinator at LSU, but he is not ready for a move to the SEC quite yet. He is only in his second year as a head coach at Baylor. He is off to a good start at 6-1 and 3-1 after going 2-7 last season, but he needs seasoning.“
If true, Baylor fans are breathing a collective sigh of relief, as this season has gotten off to a better start than even the biggest Baylor homer’s wildest imaginations. There were expectations for this team to take a big step forward after a 2-7 record in 2020, a tough spot for a first-year head coach to walk into, but a 6-1 start and Top 25 ranking? That has been Aranda at the front of the list to be the 2021 Big 12 Football Coach of the Year.
However, what I find interesting is the arrogance of LSU to basically believe “Dave Aranda is not good enough for us”. If you go back nine seasons, LSU has two years in which they’ve had a conference record better than 5-3 (2017, 2019). Oh yeah, but that’s because, “SEC! SEC!”