LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s first major win as the permanent Tigers head coach was securing the services of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda via an agreement for a contract extension.
According to a report from FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman, the new agreement between LSU and Aranda is expected to be between $1.8 and $1.9 million per season. That number would make Aranda the highest paid coordinator in college football.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 5, 2016
Aranda came to LSU last year after previously serving as Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator. Aranda’s old contract paid him $1.2 million per year.
If the Tigers are truly in the market for Lane Kiffin as a potential offensive coordinator hire, this should be a pretty good indication that Orgeron has been given the green light to pay up for top tier assistants.
Aranda’s defense ranks No. 6 in the FBS in scoring defense, allowing just 16.4 points per game in 2016.