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Though it started getting reported early this week that Clancy Pendergast would be USC's next defensive coordinator, the Trojans waited until Friday afternoon to issue a news release making the hiring official.
Pendergast, a longtime NFL coach, coordinated California's defense the previous three seasons. He replaces Monte Kiffin, who has been hired by the Dallas Cowboys.
“Clancy is a perfect fit for us,” coach Lane Kiffin said in a statement. “He is a very experienced and successful defensive coordinator. He plays an attacking-style defense with multiple looks and, having spent the last three years in the Pac-12, he knows how to defend the various kinds of offenses that we see in this conference.
“What was particularly appealing to me was how he took a Cal defense that was seventh in the Pac-12 in total defense the year before he arrived and then led the league his first two years. That’s our goal here, to have that same kind of impact. I also liked that he has coached at the highest level, getting to the Super Bowl in the NFL.”
Pendergast, 45, also has previously coached at USC. He was a defensive assistant in 1992.
You can hear more of our thoughts on the hiring here.
And the complete news release is here.
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