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.