Texas longhorns defensive coordinator Todd Orlando before an NCAA football game against Baylor Bears in Waco, Texas on Saturday, November 23, 2019. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Having left Texas Tech, former Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando officially at USC

Posted January 25th, 2020

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Former Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando officially made the move from Texas Tech to USC on Friday to become the Trojans’ new defensive coordinator.

Orlando had joined Matt Wells’ staff with the Red Raiders after being fired at UT on Dec. 1. But that stay was temporary as reports surfaced a few weeks ago that Orlando was looking to make a deal and move to Los Angeles.

“When you’re looking at a job, the No. 1 thing is who you’re working for,” Orlando said in a video posted on USC’s Twitter account. “Had an opportunity to be with coach (Clay) Helton multiple days, and we believe in the same thing actually. Gone through football early in our years virally the same way, too.

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“The second part is can you win a championship. There’s no doubt in my mind we can get that done.

Orlando, who called himself “an old school guy,” again stressed USC’s defense must be able to “run and hit.” It’s expected that he will continue his blitz-heavy ways going forward.

When Orlando was fired by Texas coach Tom Herman, he had one year remaining on his contract worth $1.7 million. The contract included mitigating language, meaning that UT would be off the hook for whatever his new job paid. USC is a private school, so contract figures were not immediately known.

Fedora to Baylor: Yahoo Sports reported Saturday that former North Carolina coach Larry Fedora would become Baylor’s new offensive coordinator. Fedora spent last season as an analyst at Texas.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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