WACO, Texas (AP) New Baylor coach Dave Aranda has hired one of his former bosses as the new defensive coordinator of the Bears.
Ron Roberts spent the past two seasons as defensive coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette, which ranked 18th nationally this season allowing only 19.7 points per game. That was after giving up more than 34 points a game in 2018.
Aranda, who came to Baylor after four seasons as defensive coordinator at national champion LSU, was co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Delta State in 2007. That was the first of Roberts' five seasons as head coach of the Division II school in Mississippi.
Aranda said Tuesday that Roberts is a mentor and that a lot of the defensive principles and concepts he has used in his career were learned from Roberts.
Former Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Snow left to join Matt Rhule's staff in that same position for the NFL's Carolina Panthers.
The Bears led the Big 12 this season allowing only 19.8 points a game and were third in total defense at 360 yards a game. But that group had seven senior starters, and two juniors, including All-America defensive end James Lynch, have said they are bypassing their senior seasons for early entry in the NFL draft.
“I look at the student-athletes that have played and the playing time that they had last year, and the experience that is coming back I think it's something to build upon," Aranda said during his formal introduction Monday, four days after being hired as a first-time head coach.
Aranda had also said then that he didn't plan to call the defensive plays at Baylor.
After time as Delta State's head coach, Roberts was defensive coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana for six years. He also spent a season as defensive coordinator at Texas State in 2003.
More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Recent NCAAF Discussions

COLL AND PRO FOR THURS WED NOTES OK on Thu, Feb 2020 by Timmy1961
COLL AND PRO FOR TUES MON NOTES 9-6 on Tue, Feb 2020 by JimmytheGreek
COLL AND PRO HOOPS FOR MON. SUN NOTES on Mon, Feb 2020 by Timmy1961
COLL HOOPS PLUS XFL FOR SUN SAT NOTES on Sun, Feb 2020 by Timmy1961

NCAAF Headlines

College Football Predictions

Thumbnail Clemson Favored to win 2021 National Title Clemson suffered defeat Monday night in the 2020 College Football National Championship, but oddsmakers have installed the Tigers as favorites to win next...
Thumbnail LSU vs. Clemson Spread Prediction LSU is still laying 5 or 5.5 points at most sports books ahead of its matchup with Clemson in College Football’s National Championship Game. Will Joe Burrow add one...
Thumbnail Clemson vs. LSU Total Prediction While many football fans are expecting a shootout tonight in New Orleans for the College Football National Championship Game, are we discounting the defenses for Clemson...
Thumbnail Clemson, LSU Betting Trends The College Football National Championship Game is tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET between LSU and Clemson, with LSU listed as a 5.5-point favorite. What do the betting trends...
Thumbnail LSU Drawing Majority of Betting Tickets The College Football National Championship Game is under a week away but the betting action for next Monday night’s matchup remains one-sided. What’s the...