The college football coaching carousel is in full swing after the regular season wrapped up on Saturday. But one team that won’t be in the market for a new head coach is the Baylor Bears.
Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg that Aranda will be returning for the 2024 season.
Aranda is 9-16 since winning the Big 12 Championship during the 2021 season. He led Baylor to their first-ever 12-win season in program history. But it’s been downhill since then. The team was expected to compete atop the Big 12 last season and instead went 6-7. Then, this year the program tumbled to a 3-9 finish, including blowing a late lead on Saturday in a loss to West Virginia.
But Aranda’s return won’t come without significant changes, according to Pete Thamel at ESPN. Expect Baylor to make staff changes and also make a commitment for an uptick in Baylor’s NIL investment.
It’s also worth noting that Baylor played the most freshmen in the Big 12 in 2023, with 24 true and redshirt freshmen playing nearly 4,500 snaps.
Aranda was asked about his future after Saturday’s loss and 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.”
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.
But for Aranda, it’s time to get to work on 2024, because if things don’t improve drastically, he will find an already warm seat getting hot very quickly in Waco.
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