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Southern Cal hires Orlando as defensive coordinator

Field Level Media
25 Jan 2020, 07:55 GMT+10

Southern California filled its defensive coordinator vacancy on Friday by announcing the hiring of Todd Orlando.

The 48-year-old Orlando was fired as Texas' defensive coordinator after the 2019 season. He was hired as Texas Tech's assistant head coach on Jan. 8 but departed that gig earlier this week.

"We are excited to have Todd join our Trojan football program," USC coach Clay Helton said in a statement. "He is an experienced and successful defensive coordinator who has made an impact everywhere he has coached. He brings a passion, energy, toughness and discipline to his coaching and those characteristics were evident in our discussions. His defensive system poses an extreme challenge to offenses."

Orlando replaces the fired Clancy Pendergast, who ran USC's defense for the past four seasons.

Orlando, 48, was defensive coordinator at Texas for three seasons. The Longhorns ranked 65th in scoring defense (27.5 points per game) and 97th in total defense (431.5) in 2019.

He has also run defenses at Connecticut, Florida International, Utah State and Houston.

Orlando said he is looking forward to getting to work with the defensive players.

"We're a veteran group and I'm excited to work the guys who have played the game before," Orlando said in a video on USC's website. "Sometimes when you come into situations you might have youth -- especially when you change systems -- and it can be a little difficult."

The Trojans ranked 78th in both scoring defense (29.4) and total defense (408.7) in 2019 as Pendergrast came under fire.

--Field Level Media

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