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Dave Aranda staying as LSU defensive coordinator

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Cross one top objective off new LSU coach Ed Orgeron's list: Dave Aranda has agreed to stay with the Tigers.

After earning a Broyles Award nomination in his first season as the Tigers' defensive coordinator, Aranda has accepted a new three-year contract offer from Orgeron, a source told ESPN.

Terms of the deal, which still lacks one signature to become official, according to the source, are not yet available.

Orgeron and LSU athletic director Joe Alleva made it clear that they wanted to retain Aranda at Saturday's news conference announcing that interim coach Orgeron would be elevated to the full-time job. Orgeron moved quickly to make that happen.

"We have some great coaches on our staff right now, led by Dave Aranda," Orgeron said Saturday. "He is the best coordinator in football, and we plan on him being with us. I spoke to him this morning. We're happy that Dave's an LSU Tiger, I promise you that."

LSU completed the regular season ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense (16.4 points per game) and 12th in total defense (323 yards per game).

An LSU source said the Tigers are still "a couple weeks" from naming an offensive coordinator. Alabama's Lane Kiffin, who was Orgeron's co-worker and boss at USC and Tennessee, remains atop LSU's list of candidates for the job.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Sunday that he has no knowledge of Kiffin drawing interest from other programs.

Information from ESPN staff writer Alex Scarborough contributed to this report.