So many things happening, time to stir up some links to stick in the fridge for a week.
It’s a pipe dream to think that everything at LSU will stay perfect forever. With a team this good, a few people are bound to cash out and take the next step in their careers. DC Dave Aranda is reportedly the lead candidate for the new HC opening at UNLV and may sign in the next day or two
Some news here in New York, per sources: #LSU’s Dave Aranda, mentioned already at Colorado State, is also in the mix at #UNLV. He’s the highest-paid assistant in the country and wants to be a head coach.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) December 10, 2019
School has spoken to #Oregon OC Marcus Arroyo and Matt Canada.
As past reporting has shown, if Delly and Feldman are saying it, it’s as good as Coach O telling you himself.
A talent like Aranda was not gonna be around much longer at LSU anyway. While UNLV might seem like a low tier job to be taking this jump on, The Rebels program in 2020 will be very much different from what you may know. They just opened a $35 Million practice facility, they move into the Raiders new downtown Las Vegas dome this year, and they now have big financial support from the Fertitta family (the UFC and Casino magnate Fertittas). Aranda will command a high asking price and it seems like UNLV will be willing to pay it.
In any case, I think there is little to worry about for this season. I find it highly doubtful that, even with the issues of the early signing day period, Aranda would leave before LSU’s season has completed. It has borne out with other teams that have been in the CFP that coaches with new jobs stick around until the playoffs are done, and I would expect the same here. We’ll get back to you soon with names of potential replacements.
A couple quick hits on the rubber chicken circuit. Joe Brady won the Broyles Award today as the nation’s top CFB assistant coach. He is the first non-coordinator to win the award.
What’s Joe Brady going to tell Steve Ensminger?— Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) December 10, 2019
“I’m going to tell him congratulations on the Broyles Award.
I’m not kidding. It should just say Steve Ensminger, but if it says Joe Brady, it says Steve Ensminger right next to it.” #LSU pic.twitter.com/1ym1jVE9nd
And the LSU offensive line was named a finalist for the Joe Moore Award for the best OL in the nation. The Moore award is relatively new and features A 350 POUND TROPHY.
Also, LSU is doing some crazy things in New York. Thanks to our man Satlzman on the scene in Times Square (Happy Birthday Joe)
...LSU has sold out of Peach Bowl tickets...Mizzou is looking forward to winning the Sun Belt in 2020...Thanks to a donation, the new LSU baseball pitching center will be named after Aaron Nola... MLB is moving the draft to Omaha and pushing it back a week to fit in the weened between the Super Regionals and the start of the CWS. It’s a better step, but may only be a brief fit, as part of MLB’s plans to eliminate a large portion of the minor leagues also calls for the draft to be pushed back to August at some point.
And now time for a few housekeeping notes. You may notice some staff changes around this ol’ blog in the coming days and months. Crissy Froyd completed her tenure with us in November and has taken over the Titans Wire site for USA Today, along with other LSU coverage for them. Kennedi Landry has been awarded an internship with Major League Baseball through the Sports Journalism Institute, though she’ll be with us for a few more months, along with appearing in the BR Advocate.
And finally, Our Good Man Adam Henderson, after many tireless hours here and covering high school sports for the Livingston Parish News, has been tapped to fill a vacancy at that most venerable institution of LSU coverage, Tiger Rag. We will miss him dearly at ATVS, but I have stolen his How To Football spreadsheet and will take up his mantle in the future. Adam hasn’t quite left us yet, so don’t worry, the annual 10,000 word epic from him and Poseur on Music of the year is still in the works. Adam is a great friend who I have had the pleasure to know since he was just some random tall dude on the Alex Box Grounds Crew and I am excited to see what he will do in the world of real #Journalism.
Here he is in an awful hat.