LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is not expected to be the next head coach at UNLV, according to ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. UNLV did not make a formal offer to Aranda, per Rittenberg.
Aranda and UNLV were in "serious negotiations" regarding the program's head-coaching vacancy early Tuesday evening, according to Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger.
Aranda was also a candidate for the head coach opening at Colorado State.
Aranda is currently the highest-paid assistant in college football. He has been the Tigers' defensive coordinator since 2016. The 43-year-old coach was previously the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin from 2013-15.
LSU sports the No. 27 scoring defense in 2019. The Tigers have given up just 37 points in their last three games, including just 10 in a 37-10 victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship.
Aranda and the Tigers earned the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff after finishing the regular season 13–0. They will face Oklahoma in the national semifinal on Dec. 28. Kickoff from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is slated for 4 p.m. ET.