LSU’s outstanding defensive coordinator won’t be leaving Baton Rouge for UNLV after all.

After UNLV reportedly extended an offer for Aranda to become the next head coach of the Rebels, the head of LSU’s defense has apparently decided to turn that job down, according to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic. Although it should be noted that Aranda is still rumored to be involved with the opening at Colorado State, so his return to Baton Rouge for 2020 can’t be guaranteed at this point.

It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out as LSU is in the middle of a national championship run and in midst of recruiting one of the nation’s top recruiting classes leading up to next week’s Early Signing Period.

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It’s hard to imagine Aranda would bail out with the Tigers so close to winning a national title but history says it’s incredibly difficult to manage two jobs of this magnitude at the same time. It has been done but it isn’t easy. That’s something Aranda and LSU may have to weigh in the coming days and weeks.

If you were unaware, Aranda is the nation’s highest-paid defensive coordinator with an annual salary of $2.5 million.