Texas Football: Todd Orlando to Become Defensive Coordinator
Todd Orlando is coming over from Houston to become Texas’ defensive coordinator.
On Friday, we noted how head coach Tom Herman had interest in bringing Todd Orlando to Texas as the team’s defensive coordinator. Orlando worked with Herman during his two years as the head man at Houston, before leaving for Austin in late November.
Well, it seems things have come to fruition. According to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, Orlando is leaving Houston to become Texas’ defensive coordinator. He is signing a three-year deal which will pay $1 million per year. According to Mark Berman of FOX 26, new Houston head coach Major Applewhite also confirmed the departure.
Orlando is joining defensive line coach Oscar Giles, tight ends coach Corby Meekins, special teams coach Jason Washington, and offensive line coach Derek Warehime. Associate head coach/co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach Craig Naivar and strength coach Yancy McKnight are also set to join Herman’s staff. So, Herman will have plenty of familiar faces with him for 2017, while Applewhite will have to regroup and bring in new faces on the coaching staff.
Orlando has the No. 3 rush defense in the nation on his resume, as this is where Houston finished in 2016. The Cougars also limited top offenses like Oklahoma, Louisville, and Florida State during the past two years.
The additions to the coaching staff can also be paired with the moves Texas has made on the recruiting front. Herman recently got his first commitment since becoming head coach, as JUCO kicker Joshua Rowland signed his letter of intent on Wednesday. Three committed recruits also announced that Texas had made them offers to come play for the program, although it’s unclear if any of them will officially be joining.
So, Todd Orlando is Texas’ newest member of the coaching staff. Who could they add next?
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