LSU's new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will have to get used to the football-obsessed "craziness on the bayou" in south Louisiana, former Tiger coach Gerry DiNardo said Monday.
DiNardo, an analyst for the Big Ten Network for the past nine years, coached LSU from 1995 to 1999.
Last week, Aranda, who spent three seasons as Wisconsin's defensive coordinator, agreed to a three-year contract with LSU that will pay him $1.3 million in 2016, according to a FoxSports.com report Saturday.
While an assistant coach can stay under the radar in the Big Ten, it'll be nearly impossible to ramain under the radar at LSU, DiNardo told ESPN 104.5's Culotta & The Prince.
Another adjustment, one DiNardo said Aranda should have no problem making, will be getting used to the elite defensive players LSU is able to attract.
"Wisconsin has a good defensive roster," DiNardo said. "But his (Aranda's) stats are so much better than you would think watching the talent at Wisconsin. He has found a way, teamwise, to make this thing work to be one of the best defenses in the country.
His defensive talent will be "at a high level" at LSU, DiNardo said.
Aranda will adjust his defensive schemes based on that talent, as well as the formations he sees from oppenents, DiNardo said, adding that Aranda knows what works and will go with his preferred 3-4 scheme when possible. "In my opinion, it's twice as good as what everybody's playing with the four-man front."
"I will be shocked if he doesn't use the talent that he has where they can flourish," DiNardo said. "He's not in a box. He'll do whatever he has to."
DiNardo described Aranda as "very, very smart" and "a terrific person," listing among his strengths: "His scheme, his knowledge of the game, his ability to stand on the sidelines and make adjustments when someone is hurting his defense."
As far the atmosphere surrounding LSU football, "People aren't used to the craziness down there," Dinardo said. "He's just going to have to get used to everyone knowing what he's doing, disecting it, and becoming a household name. That's different for a guy with Dave's background."
In additon to meshing with the south Louisiana culture, DiNardo said Aranda will have to find his way and put his personal stamp on the LSU defensive unit.
"He's not going to be a screamer and a yeller. But you don't have to be," DiNardo said. "He's not going to be one that comes in and starts high-fiving everybody making believe that he's their buddy. You know, strong relationships take time. He'll meet with a lot of guys individually and he'll get to know them.
"He's going to be a little bit different. Again, he's laid back and cerebral. It'll be interesting."