In another administrative move, USC announced today that Marvin Sanders would not return to coach the secondary in 2013. According to a statement from head coach Lane Kiffin, newly-named defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast will oversee the defensive backs in 2013.
We wish Marvin Sanders and his family the best of luck. Marvin did a great job for us coaching our secondary and in recruiting. But with the hiring of Clancy Pendergast as our defensive coordinator, we decided to go in a different direction based on Clancy’s desire to oversee the defensive backs unit.
Sanders had been a part of the USC coaching staff for just one season, landing at Troy last February. Under Sanders, USC’s pass defense went from 102nd in the nation in 2011, to 53rd in 2012.
They struggled against the pass on third down however, giving up 20 plays of more than 20 yards in 2011, including game-changing plays on 3rd & 22 at Arizona and 3rd & 18 at UCLA, both of which came in the fourth quarter.
Before his stint with the Trojans, Sanders briefly held the post of defensive coordinator at Florida Atlantic under Carl Pelini, but never coached a game for Owls. He spent five of the previous eight seasons with Nebraska, with a three-year stint at North Carolina thrown in between.