LSU was determined not to let Dave Aranda get away when Texas A&M came calling.
Re-signing the highly-touted defensive coordinator was made the "highest importance" for the Tigers' offseason, and it was a mission fully accomplished when Aranda was officially given a contract extension, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in a news release Thursday afternoon
Coach Ed Orgeron previously announced an agreement between the two parties on Twitter Wednesday night.
I’m very happy to report Dave Aranda has agreed to be with our program for years to come. Thanks to Joe Alleva, Dr. Alexander and the board of supervisors for their support in making this happen. Geaux Tigers.— Coach Ed Orgeron (@Coach_EdOrgeron) January 4, 2018
The deal came after the Aggies turned up the pressure in their second attempt to swipe Aranda from the Tigers, a move LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said LSU expected when dealing with a coach of Aranda's caliber, but LSU was fully prepared to make sure Aranda stayed put.
"Coach O made clear Dave was his guy and we made a commitment to keep (him) a Tiger," Alleva said in the statement. "His work ethic and success on the field is unrivaled. This was an important step for the future of our program."
Aranda said he is "extremely excited" to get back to work with Orgeron and the rest of the Tigers' coaching staff.
"There are so many good things going on with our program right now and I'm just happy to be part of the next step in this process."
The contract extension is pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.
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