Dave Aranda considered the decision to stay at LSU an easy one.
The development represented a victory for new coach Ed Orgeron, who had hoped to keep Aranda in place for the Tigers’ new era. Aranda guided a defense that finished the regular season third in the SEC in both scoring defense (16.4 points per game) and in total defense (323.0 yards per game).
“Yes. My family loves it here,” Aranda said on the show when asked if it was a simple choice to stay, via a transcription from The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger. “My older girl Jaelyn is fishing and she’s probably going to want to go hunt here pretty soon. I don’t know anything about any of that. She’s catching on with her friends here in school. My other daughter and my boy love it here. My wife has settled in. You want them to be happy and I think they are. We’ve got a great opportunity here to build a special team and take the next step.”
It should please LSU fans that Aranda is comfortable in Baton Rouge. The Tigers’ offense was inconsistent at times as LSU finished the regular season 7-4 overall with a 5-3 record in SEC play. But the defense performed well throughout the fall as LSU earned a berth in the Citrus Bowl against Louisville on Dec. 31. That’s a credit to Aranda’s leadership.
If Orgeron can hire a talented offensive mind to become the Tigers’ next coordinator on that side of the ball, then LSU will be fun to watch next season.