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Aranda staying at LSU

05 January 2018

Reports have surfaced that Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers will not return in 2018.

Should Aranda leave LSU for a non-head coaching position within 500 miles of Baton Rouge, he would owe the university 40 percent of his remaining salary.

According to Brent Zwerneman, the Texas A&M beat reporter for the Houston Chronicle, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher has "zeroed in" on Aranda to join his staff as defensive coordinator. Fisher came over to A&M from Florida State, where he won the BCS Championship after the 2013 season.

The reported 4-year, $10-million deal makes Aranda college football's highest paid assistant and keeps him with Ed Orgeron, who was already getting ready to replace offensive coordinator Matt Canada because of season-long personality conflicts.

Aranda initially turned down an offer from A&M, the report said, but that was before LSU played its Citrus Bowl game Monday against Notre Dame.

LSU representatives had first spoken with Sexton about possibly hiring Fisher late in the 2015 season when Miles was almost fired by Alleva.

Aranda now is the highest-paid coordinator in the country, earning $1.8 million this season at LSU.

Forty-six FBS head coaches made more than $2.5 million in 2017 according to USA Today's salary database.

However, Aranda is very much in play, but it won't be easy for the Aggies to lure him away from the Tigers, as he now has one of the highest salaries of any assistant.

Aranda staying at LSU