Texas coach Tom Herman is making a key addition to his Longhorns staff. Houston defensive coordinator Todd Orlando confirmed after the Cougars’ 34-10 loss in the Las Vegas Bowl to San Diego State that he would be joining Herman in Austin in the same capacity.
Per the Houston Chronicle, Orlando informed Houston’s players last week, but the move wasn’t announced since he didn’t “want to become a distraction.” Orlando, who was initially promoted to interim coach and reported to be a serious candidate for the head coaching job with the Cougars, added he didn’t want to “sit there and pace around.” Offensive coordinator Major Applewhite was chosen over Orlando and other candidates to take over at Houston.
Orlando hasn’t signed his contract yet, but Sports Illustrated reports Orlando is expected to ink a three-year deal worth more than $1 million annually.
Orlando joined Houston in 2015 after spending two seasons at Utah State as defensive coordinator. The Cougars finished second in the American Athletic Conference in scoring defense in 2016 and led the country in takeaways in 2015.