Former Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando is headed to a similar role at Texas Tech, sources told FootballScoop on Wednesday.
Orlando is likely to be the Red Raiders’
co-defensive coordinator assistant head coach and linebackers coach, sources say, and coordinator Keith Patterson will remain on staff in his coordinator role while moving to safeties.
Additionally, Craig Naivar, a defensive assistant at Texas alongside Orlando, is expected to join the staff, most likely as cornerbacks coach. News broke Wednesday that Naivar will not return in Austin after serving as interim defensive coordinator for Texas’ 38-10 Alamo Bowl win over Utah on New Year’s Eve.
(Update: We understand the Naivar information is premature. No deal is in place at this time.)
In conjunction with the moves, safeties coach Kerry Cooks and cornerbacks coach Julius Brown are not expected to return, sources say.
The Red Raiders finished 106th nationally in pass efficiency defense en route to a 4-8 season in 2019, the first under head coach Matt Wells.
Orlando served as Wells’ first defensive coordinator at Utah State in 2013-14, seasons that saw the Aggies go 19-9 while ranking seventh and 12th nationally in scoring defense. Orlando left after the 2014 campaign to work for Tom Herman at Houston, while Wells remained at Utah State through 2018.
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