Bears hire Dave Aranda to replace Rhule

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Baylor Bears have hired Dave Aranda as their new head football coach. He replaces Matt Rhule, who departed the team after the season to become the Carolina Panthers head coach.

This will be Aranda’s first head coaching opportunity. This move continues a mass exodus from the LSU Tigers.

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Earlier this week, the Tigers won the College Football Playoff National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. LSU defeated the Clemson Tigers, 42-25 in their home state.

Since then, the Tigers have lost nearly every player, who was eligible to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. Plus, they also lost Joe Brady, who followed Rhule to the Panthers to be their offensive coordinator.

“Today is an exciting day for Baylor,” Bears Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack B. Rhoades, IV said. “Dave is a special person who loves football and his student-athletes, is highly intellectual, and is a great mission fit for both Baylor Athletics and the University at large. Along with demonstrated success on the field, Dave shares in our vision of Preparing Champions for Life and our collective commitment to live by One Standard and in One Accord.

“We look forward to him carrying those values forward as the next leader of our football program. Join me in welcoming Dave, Dione, Jaelyn, Jordyn and Ronin to Waco.”

He spent four seasons with the Tigers as their defensive coordinator. He also worked as the Wisconsin Badgers defensive coordinator from 2013-15.

Aranda has also been employed as a defensive coordinator with the Utah State Aggies and the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors.

He has also been employed by Southern Utah Thunderbirds, Delta State Statesmen, Cal Lutheran Kingsman, Houston Cougars, and Texas Tech Red Raiders. Aranda began his coaching career at Redlands High School in California.

“I’m excited to get started as a Baylor Bear,” Aranda said. “From the outside looking in, I was so impressed watching Baylor play. Seeing the unity of the team and the togetherness of their play really illustrated a strong culture. After meeting Mack Rhoades, talking with President Livingstone and seeing Baylor’s alignment from top down you can see why they have been so successful. I’m ready to touch down in Waco and get to work.”

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