WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor Vice President and Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said he had discussions with multiple coaching candidates, but the search committee kept getting drawn to Dave Aranda during the process.
Aranda was the only candidate offered the position of head football coach at Baylor, and the former LSU defensive coordinator said at his introductory press conference Monday that it just felt right.
"It strikes you right away. You can sense that," Aranda said. "At the most basic level, I feel like this is home for us. The people that we meet when we walk through the hallway; the players, when I sit down and I meet with you guys one-on-one, I can sense your want of team, your want of unity."
Aranda takes over for Matt Rhule, who spent the past three seasons as Baylor's head coach before departing for the Carolina Panthers.