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USC extends contracts for Martin and Pendergast

LOS ANGELES-USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast have received contract extensions, Trojan head coach Clay Helton announced today (Feb. 12). Terms and length of the extensions were not announced.

Martin, who has been at USC since 2012 coaching the wide receivers, has served as the offensive coordinator the past 2 seasons, while Pendergast has been the defensive coordinator for 3 years during 2 stints at Troy (2013, 2016-17).

“To have two of the best coordinators in the industry back for their third consecutive seasons is a critical piece for our team’s growth and our opportunity for success next season,” said Helton. “Consistency and stability are so important in improving your program every year. Clancy and Tee are a huge reason why, in our first two seasons, we have won a Rose Bowl and Pac-12 Championship. Having both back will help us to our goal of having national championship-caliber seasons.”

This past season, Pac-12 champion USC’s offense averaged 484.1 total yards (its highest average since 2005 and that was on the heels of 2016’s 477.1, the previous high since 2005), while defense tied for the national lead in sacks (46). The Trojans had at least 600 yards of total offense 3 times in 2017 (the other Pac-12 teams combined had 6).

In 2016 when USC won the Rose Bowl, its offense had at least 400 total yards in its last 10 games, while its defense held 7 opponents to season lows in points.

In 2013, Pendergast helped the Trojan defense rank in the national Top 25 in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, pass efficiency defense, sacks, interceptions, red zone scoring defense, third down conversion defense and fourth down conversion defense.

Martin, 39, who quarterbacked Tennessee to the 1998 national championship and then played 3 seasons in the NFL, has 12 years of coaching experience. Pendergast, 50, has coached for 26 years, including 16 in the NFL (he spent 6 of those seasons as defensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs, including in 2008 when the Cardinals played in the Super Bowl).