USC Making Sudden Coaching Change
USC is making a sudden coaching change.
The Trojans are currently in the process of naming Todd Orlando the program’s next defensive coordinator.
Orlando previously served as the defensive coordinator of the Texans Longhorns over the past three years. He was promptly fired this past December as Tom Hermann attempted to shake up the staff.
Orlando was going to serve as an assistant at Texas Tech coaching linebackers until this opportunity presented itself.
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USC will also keep offensive coordinator Graham Harrell around for next year.
Harrell was considered a contender for the offensive coordinator vacancy with the Philadelphia Eagles and head coaching opening at Washington State.
In December, he signed a three-year, $3.6 million deal with the Trojans.
USC fired the program’s previous defensive coordinator, Clancy Pendergast, following an embarrassing Holiday Bowl defeat to Iowa. He served in the role for four years before being terminated.
Orlando worked at Connecticut, Florida International, Utah State, Houston and Texas before coming to USC.
The Trojans went 8-5 in 2019, good for second-place in the Pac 12 South behind Utah. It remains to be seen if Orlando will be able to help them turn things around heading into 2020.