Todd Orlando will follow Tom Herman to Texas to be the Longhorns’ defensive coordinator after today’s Las Vegas Bowl.
After Houston tabbed offensive coordinator Major Applewhite over Orlando as Houston’s next head coach, many assumed that he would be making the move with Tom Herman to Austin. Today, Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel is reporting just that, according to his sources.
Texas coach Tom Herman has secured perhaps the most important piece of his coaching staff, as multiple sources told Sports Illustrated that defensive coordinator Todd Orlando has agreed to join him in Austin. Orlando served as Herman’s defensive coordinator in Houston for two seasons, building a reputation as one of the country’s top defensive strategists. Sources said Orlando is expected to sign a three-year deal worth more than one million per year.
Orlando is currently coaching Houston’s defense in the Las Vegas Bowl against San Diego State, which the Cougars lead 10-0.
Before heading to Houston in 2015, Orlando was defensive coordinator at Utah State, FIU, and UConn. He played linebacker at Wisconsin from 1990-1994.
While Herman, quarterback Greg Ward Jr., and the Cougars offense gets a lot of the attention paid to the upstart AAC power, Orlando’s defense has been very strong. The 2016 Cougars finished 27th in scoring defense, while his 2015 unit was 20th in the same metric.