LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is set to be hired as Baylor's next head football coach, according to multiple media reports Thursday.
His emergence as the leading candidate to replace Matt Rhule occurred Thursday morning, on the same day that head coaches Justin Fuente of Virginia Tech and Billy Napier of Louisiana announced they would stay with their current schools after interviewing with Baylor.
Rhule, who left after three seasons at Baylor to become the head coach of the Carolina Panthers, led the Bears in 2019 to an 11-3 season that ended with losses to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game and to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
Aranda, making $2.5 million a year in his fourth season at LSU as the highest-paid assistant coach in college football, reportedly had a shot at the head coaching job at UNLV, which hired Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo in December. In January 2018, Aranda received a four-year extension worth $10 million guaranteed.
--One of the top candidates to take over as head coach of the Baylor football program is staying put as Justin Fuente will remain at Virginia Tech.
Fuente posted a picture to Twitter of the Hokies coaching staff in a meeting with the words "2020 - Let's go!"
ESPN reported that a Virginia Tech official confirmed Fuente will be back as head coach with the Hokies, who went 8-5 this past season and played in the Belk Bowl. Fuente, 43, is 53-33 in four seasons at Virginia Tech.
--After backing up star quarterback Trevor Lawrence the past two seasons at Clemson, Chase Brice has decided to find another place to play, announcing Thursday on Twitter his intention to transfer.
"During my time at Clemson, I've wanted to stay the course and be the best quarterback, best competitor, best student, best person and best teammate I could be and tried to represent the Clemson Family with as much class and character as I possibly could," wrote Brice, who started at in Clemson in 2017. "And while it's both exciting and sad to say, today, I'm announcing my intention to transfer from Clemson and continue my college football career elsewhere."
As a graduate transfer who is expected to receive his degree in May, Brice will be eligible to play in 2020. He redshirted in 2017, and in the past two seasons completed 82 of 136 passes for 1,023 yards and nine touchdowns, with four interceptions. He rushed for another 187 yards on 30 carries with one score.
--Field Level Media