Now that the head coaching drama is over, to me, the biggest priority is keeping first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, and it appears that will be happening.

It’s been two months since longtime LSU head coach Les Miles was fired following a heartbreaking 18-13 defeat at Auburn.

The very next day, Miles was out. The “Hat” was no longer riding high on his head as he prowled the sidelines; it was only tumbling down a lonely road with the wind as its only friend.

Ever since then, we’ve had months to take a ride on the coaching carousel.

Jumbo Fisher, Tom Herman, Bobby Petrino, Mike Gundy, Larry Fedora—these are the names that have bombarded us.

Finally, on Saturday, the carousel came to a stop as the interim tag was lifted and Ed Orgeron became LSU’s permanent head coach.

Now, more coaching drama follows as Orgeron and the Tigers try to bring in an accomplished offensive coordinator that can give the LSU offense a shot in the arm.

With Orgeron reportedly being paid between $3-4 million a year, that leaves more money to lure in a big name.

Rumors are already swirling that the Tigers will go hard after Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin—who worked with Orgeron for years at USC.

Fans should not stress over this. Things will be just fine. They’ll bring someone in that will finally bring in an offensive philosophy fit for the 21st century.

Now that the head coaching drama is over, to me, the biggest priority is keeping first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, and it appears that will be happening.

The Tigers obviously need to revamp their offense, but at the end of the day, defense will always be the calling card in Baton Rouge.

Aranda has turned out to be arguably the best hire of the offseason. He has totally reshaped the defense and turned it into one of LSU’s best units in the past decade.

He has taken a Tiger defense that had the exact same personnel as last year—minus two players in Deion Jones and Jalen Mills, that are starting in the NFL as rookies—and made it light years better.

Kevin Steele caught a lot of flack in his one and only year as defensive coordinator. There were high hopes for the unit coming into the season, and by all accounts, they grossly underperformed.

I don’t blame that on shortcomings by Steele. He has proven his merit this season as he has totally transformed Auburn’s defense from lackluster to one of the top units in the SEC.

However, his system just was not a good fit in Baton Rouge. It’s working well at Auburn, but at LSU, the players just didn’t adapt well to it.

Enter Aranda.

He came in and wanted to transition to a 3-4 look, but it was clear after the first couple of weeks that the scheme just wasn’t working as proficiently as he envisioned.

Therefore, he adapted. He started doing things that fit better with his personnel.

Sure, they still feature some 3-4 looks, but for the most part, they have kept it pretty diverse.

The Tigers have flourished, as a result.

Through 11 games last year, LSU’s defense gave up 33 touchdowns and 24 points per game. In Aranda’s first year, the Tigers gave up just 16 touchdowns and 16 points per contest.

They only gave up more than 20 points on two separate occasions. That matches what the great 2011 defense did during the regular season.

I think the 39 the Tigers gave up in the regular season finale against Texas A&M was an anomaly. It came with starters Kendall Beckwith and Arden Key out with injuries. Starting safety John Battle also got injured in the second half.

LSU is getting ready to lose a horde of great players. This list includes: Beckwith, Tre’Davious White, Duke Reilly, Lewis Neal, Dwayne Thomas and most likely Jamal Adams (junior).

They’re going to need an X’s and O’s guru like Aranda that can camouflage those losses with great scheme and game-planning.

The Tigers have lost two defensive coordinators in two years.

After such a tumultuous year that featured the mid-season firing of the head coach and with the offense repeatedly failing to carry their weight, LSU fans were a little scared Aranda would be one-and-done, like Steele.

Fears grew even further when people began to connect the dots of Herman becoming the new Texas head coach. Many thought Herman may try to steal Aranda away—being that the two were actually roommates while attending California Lutheran.

Fortunately for LSU, Orgeron said on Saturday that he had a great talk with Aranda and that he expressed his desire to stay put.

The school wasted no time formulating a new contract for him. It will provide him with a raise and the new title of associate head coach.

This was a huge first victory for Coach O.