‘Ability to coach with your Christian faith’ attracted Aranda to BU

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) In an interview with John Morris, the voice of the Bears, new Baylor Head Football Coach Dave Aranda said he will be very busy over the next few days getting to know his players, hiring his staff and recruiting.

The university on Thursday hired Aranda to replace Matt Rhule, who left to become the new head coach of the Carolina Panthers in the National Football League.

"I'm excited to here. I would not want to be anywhere else. I'm very impressed with the people," Aranda told Morris.

When asked what intrigued him about Baylor, Aranda said it was the "ability to win a national championship, the ability to coach with your Christian faith, the ability to be in Texas yet again. I have great memories from the state of Texas."

The new head football coach said he is glad to be somewhere where football is important.

"To be able to recruit great players out of the state of Texas is of great value and I'm looking forward to that," he said.

The former LSU defensive coordinator said he studied Baylor's defensive game plan against Oklahoma because the Bears "played them so well."

Aranda's LSU crushed Oklahoma in the semifinal of the college football playoff on its way to a national championship.

While watching other Baylor games, Aranda said he "could see the chemistry, the togetherness, the brotherhood and all of those were very attractive."

Aranda told Morris he has already toured the facilities at Baylor and McLane Stadium.

"It is really a work of art, I could just imagine it when it's at full capacity," the coach said.