LSU coaching search: Popular Big 12 candidate not expected to end up with Tigers
LSU’s coaching search seems to narrowing down.
After the Tigers fired Ed Orgeron, athletic director Scott Woodward has been on the hunt for LSU’s next head coach. Jimbo Fisher topped the wish list, according to multiple reports; however, Fisher has shot the speculation down multiple times.
According to OutKick’s Glenn Guilbeau, LSU is down to 3 coaches — Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, Louisiana’s Billy Napier and Baylor’s Dave Aranda.
Aranda, of course, was LSU’s defensive coordinator when it won the national title in 2019. He’s turned Baylor program around, and the Bears are making noise.
However, according to On3 college football insider Matt Zenitz, Aranda isn’t expected to be LSU’s next head coach.
Baylor’s Dave Aranda, a California native, continues to be the popular name among industry sources in regard to the USC opening. Aranda is in his second season as the Bears’ coach; he has led Baylor to a 9-2 record and No. 8 ranking in this week’s College Football Playoff ranking just a year after the Bears finished 2-7. Although Aranda has ties to LSU (and was the defensive coordinator for the Tigers’ 2019 national title team), sources don’t expect him to end up at LSU.
In addition to the LSU job, Aranda has been speculated to be a candidate at both USC and Washington. The California native could return to the West Coast for his next head coaching gig.