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Report: Clancy Pendergast Has Interviewed to be USC Defensive Coordinator


USC head coach Lane Kiffin made it clear that he wouldn’t assess the defensive coordinator position until after the Sun Bowl. Yet, in the wake of a 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl, news has broke that former Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast has interviewed for the position, according to Scott Wolf of the Daily News, on Twitter.

Pendergast had been with Cal since the 2010 season, but his contract was not renewed when Jeff Tedford was fired as the Bears’ head coach following the season.

Before being at Cal, Pendergast worked alongside Todd Haley, as he was the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals from 2004 to 2008, and worked directly under Haley in 2009 with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Pendergast prefers a 3-4 defensive scheme, which has been noted by USC recruits to not be a favorable set for the Trojans. USC does have a bevy of defensive tackles and attacking defensive ends, and in Pendergast’s system, they would likely be more inclined to defend than rush. The top defensive lineman for the Bears had just three sacks in 2012.

That would be the anti-Ed Orgeron, as the Trojans’ newly named assistant head coach’s preference is to have four-down linemen predicated on establishing a pass rush.

Clancy Pendergast was one of five potential candidates that we profiled this past week as being fits for what the Trojans were looking for. The other candidates were Gene Chizik, Tosh Lupoi, Kent Baer and Pat Narduzzi.

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  • RallyMonkeyUSA

    Fire lane Kiffin…hire chris Peterson or Gary Patterson and let them bring in their own guy. Kiffin is the problem. Pat Haden get a clue

  • Willie Green

    Blame it on Ed Orgeron when the offense didn’t produce?

    Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

  • RallyMonkeyUSA

    U know this “leaked” info is a ploy by pat Haden to turn all the anger from kiffin to our d coordinator search. Too bad it ain’t working. Ppl are furious pat. They want Kiffin canned

  • Ken Goedhart

    Not the defense’s problem when the offense goes 3 and out so many times against a team that allowed 510 yards against Middle Tennessee State. Wittek had that deer in the headlights look the whole game!!