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Texas fires defensive coordinator Orlando


Texas fires defensive coordinator Orlando

Texas fired defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Todd Orlando on Sunday. In addition, the school relieved assistant coaches Drew Mehringer and Corby Meekins of their duties.

Orlando, who spent the last three seasons with the Longhorns after serving in the same role under coach Tom Herman at Houston, is out two days after Texas finished the regular season at 7-5.

Mehringer, who was the pass game coordinator and outside receivers coach will no longer be with the staff. Meekins, who was the inside receivers coach, will no longer serve as an assistant coach but will remain with the team in an administrative capacity.

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Herman last week hinted that staff changes were coming after Texas fell short of expectations this season. The Longhorns’ defense returned only one starter in the front seven and struggled for much of the year, ranking 127th nationally in pass yards allowed, 105th in yards per play and tied for 74th in points allowed.

Orlando in 2018 became one of the nation’s highest-paid coordinators, receiving a raise to $1.8 million annually. He has been a defensive coordinator at five FBS programs: Connecticut, Florida International, Utah State, Houston and Texas.

Former Rutgers coach Chris Ash is expected to be a candidate to replace Orlando. Ash and Herman served as coordinators at Ohio State when the Buckeyes won the national championship in 2014.

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