Baylor hired Louisiana State defensive coordinator Dave Aranda as its new football coach Thursday, three days after the Tigers completed their undefeated national championship season.

Aranda, a head coach for the first time, takes over for Matt Rhule, who became head coach of the NFL's Carolina Panthers on Jan. 7, six days after the Bears finished an 11-3 season with a loss to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Baylor was ranked 13th in the final AP poll.

"I'm excited to get started as a Baylor Bear. From the outside looking in, I was so impressed watching Baylor play," Aranda said in a statement that was included in Baylor's announcement of his hire.

"Seeing the unity of the team and the togetherness of their play really illustrated a strong culture," he said. "I'm ready to touch down in Waco and get to work."

The 43-year-old Aranda, who was the highest-paid college assistant at $2.5 million a season, was a Power Five defensive coordinator the past seven seasons. He was at Wisconsin from 2013 to '15 before spending four years at LSU, capped by a victory over Clemson on Monday night for a 15-0 record.

President Donald Trump will welcome LSU to the White House on Friday.

No charges at Penn State

• An investigation into hazing allegations within the Penn State football program produced no charges, the Centre County (Pa.) District Attorney Bernie Cantorna said. Former player Isaiah Humphries filed a federal hazing lawsuit this week.

• Chase Brice, the backup quarterback at Clemson, will transfer. He has two years of eligibility left.


Lefty, Koepka return

Phil Mickelson struggled off the tee in his first round of the year, shooting a 2-under 70 to fall six strokes behind leaders Zac Blair and Murray Grayson at The American Express in La Quinta, Calif.

• Brooks Koepka shot a 6-under 66 in his return to competition after a knee injury and was tied for third place after the opening round of the Abu Dhabi Championship. Koepka is two shots behind co-leaders Shaun Norris of South Africa and Renato Paratore of Italy.

• American Danielle Kang carved out a two-shot lead after shooting an 8-under 63 in the first round of the LPGA's season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The tournament is for LPGA players who won tournaments the past two seasons.


Gauff draws Serena

Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old who became a sensation last summer with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Serena Williams and a run to Wimbledon's fourth round, will begin her Australian Open with another match against the seven-time Grand Slam champion. Main draw play will begin Monday morning (Sunday evening in the eastern United States). The top seeds are Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty.


NWSL holds draft

The Portland Thorns chose forwards Sophia Smith of Stanford and Morgan Weaver of Washington State with the first two overall picks in the National Women's Soccer League college draft. Portland acquired both picks in trades. Smith, who declared her eligibility for the draft on Wednesday, had 17 goals and nine assists this season as a sophomore for the 2019 College Cup champion Cardinal.

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