The Wisconsin Badgers will begin the search for another defensive coordinator, as LSU hired away Dave Aranda to the same position Friday night.
The Tigers announced their hiring after Badgers fans thought Aranda might stay in Madison at least for another season after many of college football's previously vacant defensive coordinator jobs were filled. Yet after losing Kevin Steele to Auburn earlier this week, LSU made a quick move in pulling Aranda from Wisconsin.
Aranda transitioned the Badgers' defense to a base 3-4 scheme upon his arrival and cemented a legacy in his three years. Heading into the 2015 Holiday Bowl, Aranda's defenses allowed an average of 16.9 points per game since the 2013 season -- second-best in the nation behind Alabama. The Badgers have also allowed only 289.4 yards per game, which leads the nation. This season alone, Wisconsin has only given up 13.7 points per game -- second-best in the nation behind Alabama -- and only 268.5 yards per game, No. 3 in the nation.
We'll have much more on Aranda's departure and how it fits into the seemingly never-ending storyline of Wisconsin's inability to hold onto assistants. One aspect that immediately jumped out to observers upon hearing of Aranda's departure was the number of Wisconsin players who took to Twitter to react. The great majority were overwhelmingly positive and grateful for Aranda's tutelage; a few took on the "a coach is just a coach" or "we're still focused on beating LSU" vibe. Of course, Wisconsin plays LSU at Lambeau Field to open next season. What a game that will be (as if the college football world wasn't already highly anticipating it).
It was a privilege to have Aranda as both a position coach and defensive coordinator. Wish him the best of luck and thanks for 3 great years— Jack Cichy (@jackCICHY) January 2, 2016
Wouldn't trade a thing for those 3years I learned from you... #ThanksCoachAranda— Chikwe Obasih (@Big_Cheeks34) January 2, 2016
None-thing but love and respect for coach Aranda thank you for a great two years ✊ ✊ ✊— Derrick D.T Tindal (@TindalIsland) January 2, 2016
Major Respect for Coach Aranda. Gave me a shot from the jump and stuck with me through the Ups & the downs ! Nothing but love.— Sojourn Shelton II (@_SDS8) January 2, 2016
Appreciate everything that man has done for us. Nothing but respect for Coach Aranda.— T.J. Edwards (@TJEdwards8) January 2, 2016
Thank you coach Aranda for all you have done— Olive Sagapolu (@OSagapolu) January 2, 2016
Best of luck to Coach Aranda. LSU got a hell of a DC tonight.— Nick Thomas (@44NThomas) January 2, 2016
Nothing but Respect for Coach Aranda and the job he has done here at UW. He's made me into a better player and person. #BeatLSU— Vince Biegel (@VinceBiegel) January 2, 2016
Good luck Coach !— Reggie Love Jr. (@ReggieLove11) January 2, 2016
It's still #BeatLSU that ain't changing!— Reggie Love Jr. (@ReggieLove11) January 2, 2016
— Arrington W. Farrar (@_CharlemagneIII) January 2, 2016
We gone be alright— CallMeWaldo (@C_PERSONALITY3) January 2, 2016
Enjoyed interviews with Dave Aranda. Enjoyed watching his defense even more. Wish him all the best--with 1 obvious exception this September— Matt Lepay (@MattLepay) January 2, 2016
Can't Skip A Beat #BeatLSU— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) January 2, 2016
Reason for everything— Grif Grady(▀̿Ĺ̯▀̿ ̿) (@grifgrady47) January 2, 2016
That's the business of football ✌ ️— Lubern Figaro (@Lubern5) January 2, 2016
Coaches come and go so✌ ️— Bobby (@Rob_wheels) January 2, 2016
Players will make plays. Doesn't matter who the coach is. ⚪️— Maverick (@AnthonyLotti14) January 2, 2016