According to a report from the Austin American-Statesman, Texas Longhorns first-year defensive coordinator Todd Orlando is now the highest-paid assistant in school history after the UT System Board of Regents approved Orlando’s pay raise on Wednesday morning.
After following Tom Herman from Houston to Austin, Orlando agreed to a three-year deal worth $1 million per year, which will now increase to $1,090,000 annually as part of a contract that runs through March 31, 2020.
Additionally, Orlando can still earn up to $95,000 annually based on performance bonuses.
Orlando spent that last two seasons serving under Herman at Houston and in 2016, his Cougar defense ranked 10th nationally in total yards allowed (3,900). As a result, upon taking the job at Texas, Herman is now famously quoted for his comment, “I’ve seen Todd Orlando make chicken salad out of some lesser parts.”
Now with a wider array of talent at his disposal, Orlando seemingly has a defense that struggled mightily last season on the up-and-up. Numerous reports throughout the spring indicated that Orlando’s defense was often overwhelming an offensive unit that compiled just shy of 500 yards of offense per game last season and such claims were supported during the spring game.
If Orlando’s first season on the Forty Acres can produce a product similar to what he orchestrated at Houston in 2016 with ‘lesser parts,’ Orlando’s lucrative pay raise will widely be considered money well spent.
Here’s a look at some of the other Texas assistant’s contracts the Board of Regents approved:
- Running backs coach Stan Drayton: $455,000in 2017, $515,000 in 2018
- Safeties coach Craig Naivar: $490,000 per year
- Strength coach Yancy McKnight: $425,000 per year
- Defensive line coach Oscar Giles: $390,000
- Offensive line coach Derek Warehime: $390,000
- Receivers coach Drew Mehringer: $340,000