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Texas Tech coach Matt Wells on Todd Orlando: ‘He was a great D coordinator for me’

Posted November 26th, 2019


On Monday, Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells met with the media to discuss the Red Raiders’ matchup with the Longhorns on Friday. A part of the presser was dedicated to Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, who coached with Wells at Utah State. Here’s what Wells said:

On how Wells knows Orlando
(Todd) Orlando? Yeah. TO and I are very good friends. It’s no secret. Our families are close. Amy, little beserker, his daughter, I mean, he was my D coordinator my first two years at Utah State. Still are good friends. We’ll be fierce enemies for three and a half hours and go back to being friends. It’s just kind of how we do it. How you would do it if that was you, and if were you in that spot? But I have a tremendous amount of respect for TO. He was a great D coordinator for me at Utah State. First two years we won a lot of games together. I think we won 19 together. We won two bowl games together. So we had a good time. We had a lot of success together.

On Coach Orlando’s defense
Yeah, he’s been dealing with injuries, just like we have. And late in the year that’s a challenge for any coordinator. Our guys are going through it. Their guys are going through it. That’s a challenge to put out healthy bodies, as well as be very dynamic in what you’re doing and very, be very multiple. But yet sometimes you’re doing it, and we’re doing it with guys that haven’t played a lot of ball and so you’re always each week, you’re trying to say, what’s too much, what’s not enough, and who do I have and who is healthy. So I know I’m sure that’s been a challenge for him, but my two coordinators are dealing with it too.


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