With how successful the Wisconsin defense has been over the past three seasons, it was pretty clear that Dave Aranda wasn't going to be the Badgers' defensive coordinator for much longer.
Perhaps a guy who deserved more of a look as a head-coaching candidate, Aranda was hired away from Wisconsin as the new defensive coordinator at LSU, it was announced Friday.
Aranda came to Madison with Gary Andersen ahead of the 2013 season, and he did nothing but coach up some of the best defenses in the country in each of his three seasons.
This year, his first and only under new head coach Paul Chryst, Aranda's Wisconsin defense ranked second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing an average of only 13.7 points per game, and third in the nation in total defense, allowing an average of just 268.5 yards per game.
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Last season, despite receiving a 59-0 pounding against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game, the Badgers were arguably the country's best defense all year long. They finished fourth in the country in total defense, allowing an average 294.1 yards per game, and 17th in scoring defense, allowing 20.8 points per game.
In Aranda's first season at Wisconsin, the Badgers ranked sixth in the country in scoring defense, allowing 16.3 points per game, and seventh in the country in total defense, allowing 305.1 yards per game.
Prior to coming to Wisconsin, Aranda held defensive coordinator positions at Utah State and Hawaii.
And how's this for a coincidence? Wisconsin's first game of the 2016 season comes against Aranda and LSU at Lambeau Field.