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January 30, 2020

Last coach out of Baylor - turn the lights out

     According to Alaina Getzenberg of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers have stolen another Baylor coach.

The latest is Ed Foley, who will be an assistant special teams coach.

Foley was at Baylor last year as an analyst, and was at Temple the previous 11 years, as has been most of the coaches following Matt  Rhule.

There's no salary cap on a coaching staff, and Panthers owner David Tepper, the richest owner in the NFL, is spending freely.

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January 27, 2020

Panthers steal another Baylor coach

      Another member of the 2019 Baylor coaching staff has been stolen by the Carolina Panthers head coach, Matt Rhule (former Baylor head coach).

The Panthers are hiring Jeff Nixon. Nixon was the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Baylor for the last three years. He was the 49ers tight ends coach in 2016 and the Dolphins’ running backs coach from 2011-2015.

Thamel adds that a job title has not been determined for Nixon at this point.

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January 26, 2020

Baylor hires Fedora as OC

      Baylor head coach Dave Aranda continues to fill his coaching staff by hiring former North Carolina head coach and Texas assistant Larry Fedora as its offensive coordinator, the school announced Saturday.

"Larry has a track record of explosive, prolific offenses," head coach Dave Aranda said in a statement. "He will do a great job of spreading the ball around and making the defense have to defend every blade of grass. He will maximize our playmakers and put them in space to create mismatches.

"He is a great motivator and a former head coach that I will rely on for advice. I'm excited about working with him and maximizing our offense's potential."

Fedora has college head coaching experience, leading Southern Miss from 2008-11 and the Tar Heels from 2012-18. He's sported a 79-62 record across 11 seasons.

The 57-year-old spent the 2019 campaign as an analyst at Texas under Tom Herman after being fired by North Carolina.

Ron Roberts was hired as the team's defensive coordinator Tuesday.

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January 20, 2020

Baylor defensive coordinator headed to Panthers

     The Panthers announced today that Phil Snow, who was former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule’s defensive coordinator for the last seven years (three at Baylor and four at Temple), is officially the defensive coordinator of the Panthers as well.

That announcement had been expected, as Rhule and Snow have been close for decades. Rhule was close to accepting the Jets head coaching job a year ago but pulled out because of a dispute with management about the extent to which he’d have full authority to build his staff, and with the Panthers, it’s clear he has that authority and is hiring his people.

Snow coached the Lions’ linebackers from 2005 to 2008.

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January 17, 2020

Baylor announces coaching changes

    The Bears announced a slew of coaching changes Thursday, including the hirings of Bill Lazor as offensive coordinator and John DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach, oh, and new head coach, Dave Aranda.

A 2020 National Champion and 24-year coaching veteran, Aranda becomes the 28th head coach in Baylor Football history, Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack B. Rhoades, IV, announced Thursday.

"Today is an exciting day for Baylor," Rhoades said. "Dave is a special person who loves football and his student-athletes, is highly intellectual, and is a great mission fit for both Baylor Athletics and the University at large. Along with demonstrated success on the field, Dave shares in our vision of Preparing Champions for Life and our collective commitment to live by One Standard and in One Accord. We look forward to him carrying those values forward as the next leader of our football program. Join me in welcoming Dave, Dione, Jaelyn, Jordyn and Ronin to Waco."

Aranda comes to Waco after four seasons as associate head coach and defensive coordinator at LSU, including a 2020 National Championship and a 2019 SEC Championship. Widely considered one of the top defensive minds in all of football, Aranda has a track record of producing NFL-ready players. 

In six seasons as a defensive coordinator at a Power 5 Conference school, Aranda's defenses have been ranked in the Top 12 nationally in total yards five times. His defenses have also ranked among the top 10 in scoring four of the past seven years. Since taking over as the defensive coordinator at Utah State in 2014, Aranda's defenses have given up a touchdown or less in 48 of 108 games. 

"I'm excited to get started as a Baylor Bear," Aranda said. "From the outside looking in, I was so impressed watching Baylor play. Seeing the unity of the team and the togetherness of their play really illustrated a strong culture. After meeting Mack Rhoades, talking with President Livingstone and seeing Baylor's alignment from top down you can see why they have been so successful. I'm ready to touch down in Waco and get to work."

Over LSU's final five games of the 2019 season, including the SEC Championship and College Football Playoff, the Tigers allowed only 18 ppg with wins over No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 4 Georgia, Texas A&M and Arkansas. In that stretch, the Tigers' defense allowed only 295.0 yards per game and intercepted six passes.

In his first three years as defensive coordinator with the Tigers, Aranda saw nine of his players selected in the NFL Draft, including first round picks Devin White (2019), Tre'Davious White (2017) and Jamal Adams (2017). In addition to the draft picks, six more of Aranda's LSU defenders have made NFL rosters as free agents. From 2010-15, Aranda had six defenders drafted from stops at Hawai'i, Utah State and Wisconsin.

During his stay at LSU, the Tigers increased their win total each season and produced a 42-11 overall mark. Seven players earned first team All-America and 11 achieved first team All-SEC status under Aranda. All-America honorees include first team selections Derek Stingley, Jr. (2019), Grant Delpit (2018-19), Devin White (2018), Greedy Williams (2018), Tre'Davious White (2016) and Jamal Adams (2016).

"We are excited to have Dave Aranda join the Baylor Family as our next head football coach, and I applaud AD Mack Rhoades on conducting yet another thorough and professional coaching search," Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. said. "We certainly have high competitive expectations for Baylor Football, but even higher expectations that we continue to develop our student-athletes to be outstanding citizens and successful academically and later in life. Coach Aranda has a sincere appreciation of Baylor's Christian mission, and he will be an outstanding representative of our university."

The Bears also confirmed the promotion of Dave Ragone from quarterbacks coach to passing game coordinator.

The Bears already announced earlier this month they hired Juan Castillo as offensive line coach and Clancy Barone as tight ends coach.

Other staff promotions announced Thursday were Brian Ginn to assistant special teams coach, Chris Jackson to assistant receivers coach and Shane Toub to defensive quality control.

The Bears failed to score a first-half touchdown in 11 of 16 games. They ranked 29th in the NFL in scoring, 29th in total yards, 27th in rushing yards, 25th in passing yards, 31st in yards per play and 32nd in yards per pass attempt.

The Bears became the first Power 5 program to jump from 11 losses to 11 wins in two years under former head coach Matt Rhule, who was named Big 12 Coach of the Year.



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