Clancy Pendergast Named USC’s Defensive Coordinator

Clancy Pendergast, who has coordinated some of the top defenses in the NFL and in college during the past nine years, has been named USC’s defensive coordinator.

He took a Cal defense that was seventh in the Pac-12 in total defense the year before he arrived to lead the league his first two years. Pendergast was also defensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals (2004-08), including when the Cardinals won the 2008 NFC title to earn a berth in Super Bowl XLIII, and the Kansas City Chiefs (2009). Known for his aggressive defenses that use creative schemes to create pressure, the 45-year-old Pendergast spent 1992 as a defensive assistant at USC.