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Todd Orlando Leaves Texas Tech After Less Than Two Weeks for USC

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Todd Orlando was fired as the Texas Longhorns defensive coordinator following the 2019 season and joined the Texas Tech Red Raiders as an assistant head coach and linebackers coach back on January 8th.

Well less than two weeks later, it looks like Orlando is already on the move and heading to USC to be the defensive coordinator for the Trojan.

A Texas Tech official confirmed Monday that Orlando is no longer working for the program as this news came shortly after the USC rumors started up.


While it doesn’t look great for Tech, in fairness USC is able to offer Orlando a promotion at a blue blood program. Granted USC has not lived up to its standards of late, but Orlando would replace Clancy Pendergast, who was let go after USC’s Holiday Bowl 49-24 loss to Iowa ended an 8-5 season.

Orlando started off great at Texas. In 2017, Texas ranked second in the Big 12 in total defense, first in pass defense efficiency and second in rushing defense. But this year, even though there were some injuries, the unit was not nearly as strong. The Longhorns ranked eighth in the Big 12 in scoring defense, eighth in total defense, sixth in rushing defense, ninth in passing defense and eighth in pass defense efficiency.

In the shuffle that brought in Orlando, safeties coach Kerry Cooks was let go. So Wells has one position open on his staff.

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