USC wants people to know it tried to hire Dave Aranda as CBS Sports mentioned yesterday.
“We were all set to have him. We matched LSU’s deal,” a USC source said in the story.
That means Aranda would take a pay cut since his $2.5 million gets a lot less in Southern California than Baton Rouge.
Someone with close connections to the LSU program weighed in on this scenario:
“I think he was trying to use USC to get a better deal here if the Baylor job didn’t open,” the person said. “He was surprised other teams didn’t contact him about their head-coaching jobs.
“I have no doubt he used (USC) for leverage but unless he was given assurances he would be the head coach, I don’t think he would have left.”
I wonder how Graham Harrell feels about this? I’m sure he thinks he should be the USC coach-in-waiting.
I’ve heard the USC athletic administration is just playing out next season, ready to fire Helton once it cleans up the athletic dept. I just wonder if they will do it if he wins nine games?