New BU coach finds a positive in a negative amid COVID-19 outbreak

Baylor’s new head football coach, Dave Aranda, hosted a teleconference with reporters Wednesday morning to discuss the status of the team amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (File)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor’s new head football coach, Dave Aranda, hosted a teleconference with reporters Wednesday morning to discuss the status of the team amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aranda says he has used the time off the field to get to know the players, not in person, but by phone.

He says he calls about 15 members a day to get to know them, their families and their goals.

"This time has allowed me to get to know the team more, so I find that as a big positive in all the negative," Aranda said.

Aranda also says he is proud of the men who make a part of his coaching staff.

He says during the search he looked for certain qualities in coaches to make sure they were the best fit for the team.

The most important thing for me is getting guys, coaches, who coach from the heart, a guy that can motivate them, be a team player, a guy that continues to learn and grow," Aranda said.

Aranda said he is looking forward to getting the group all back together.

As for how his family is managing, Aranda said his children are home-schooling in separate rooms of the family’s house Baton Rouge, La.

He’s spending almost all of the day on the phone working.

The Arandas just closed on a house in Waco, he said.

Baylor hired Aranda in January to replace Matt Rhule, who left to become the new head coach of the Carolina Panthers in the National Football League.

Aranda was the only candidate offered the position, and the former LSU defensive coordinator said at his introductory press conference that it just felt right.