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Dave Aranda Addresses His Future at Baylor After 3-9 Season

The Baylor Bears lost to West Virginia 34-31 on Saturday night in Waco to put a bow on an incredibly disappointing 3-9 season. The Bears have been trending in the wrong direction since their Big 12 Championship in 2021, going 6-7 last season before this year’s disastrous campaign.

After the loss to the Mountaineers, Dave Aranda was asked about his future in Waco, and the head coach said, “[AD Mack Rhoades] and I have had a fair amount of talks. And I appreciate the talks and I appreciate the honesty in all of it. So I think those talks are going to continue. And I just think, for me, I want to do well. I feel like the support at Baylor. I feel it. I feel like this is a great fit for me. I feel like this is something I care about very deeply. So having those talks, I feel them, I get it, and I want to do better. And that’s my goal.”

 

Here’s the video of Aranda’s comments.

Earlier on Saturday, The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman called Dave Aranda‘s situation a “hot seat to watch” going forward.

 

Feldman brought up the Bears’ disappointing performance in 2023 saying, “The pressure is mounting on Dave Aranda. It wasn’t that long ago Aranda led Baylor to a No. 5 ranking with a 12-2 record in 2021, but the Bears are 9-15 [now 9-16] since then. The Baylor administration really likes Aranda, and I’m told that if he presents a plan to make some key changes it likes, he probably will be back in 2024.”

The Bears ended the 2023 season on a five-game losing streak and will have to look to the transfer portal for potential help, including at quarterback.

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