On Wednesday, the UT System Board of Regents approved the salaries of Texas football assistant coaches, including defensive coordinator Todd Orlando’s three-year contract worth more than $1 million per season.
That makes Orlando the highest-paid assistant coach in Texas history.
If things go right for Orlando, his next career move will be to become a head coach, which will mean an even larger salary.
Meteoric rises are nothing new in college football. Orlando’s boss, Longhorns coach Tom Herman, is the perfect example. Six years ago, he was a mostly anonymous offensive coordinator at Iowa State. Still, as FootballScoop.com pointed out Wednesday, looking at the progression of Orlando’s career and salary is something of a rags-to-riches story.
The below data is from USA TODAY’s coaching salary database.
In 2011, Orlando took a slight pay cut to become the defensive coordinator at Florida International. At that point, he was making $133,100 per year to call plays. In 2013, he moved on to the same position at Utah State (approx. $200,000) before eventually joining Herman at Houston (approx. $500,000).
On Wednesday, Orlando crossed over the $1 million threshold, less than five years removed from the obscurity of making low six figures. In 2016 there were 12 assistant coaches making at least $1 million, which is enough to make you step back and re-evaluate.
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