Veteran coach Clancy Pendergast will return to the Trojans as defensive coordinator, the school has confirmed.
Pendgergast was previously defensive coordinator for the Trojans in 2013, when the team finished the season ranked as the No. 1 total defense in the conference and ranked in the top 25 nationally in eight different categories. What made that accomplishment even more remarkable was the fact that the Trojans had allowed the second-highest total yardage mark in school history the year before under Monte Kiffin, an impressive turnaround in one year.
Clancy also worked as a grad assistant for USC in 1992. Along his coaching career there have been stops with the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals (where he helped coach them to a Super Bowl appearance), Cal (where the defense led the conference 2 of the 3 years he was there) and most recently as the linebacker coach for the San Francisco 49’ers in 2015.
Ed Orgeron served as interim head coach for the Trojans in 2013 and had nothing but praise for Pendergast in an interview with FoxSports.com in 2014.
“Clancy was fantastic. His strength is game-day calling. He knows how to attack the no-huddle and really can adjust to what the other team’s trying to do. He doesn’t panic on the sidelines and the guy really has no ego.
“Look at what he’s done as a defensive coordinator at SC, at Cal and in the NFL. He gets results, and he gets them quick. Also, our DBs tackled about as well as they had in all the time I was at SC.”