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Report: Ducks defensive coordinator rebuffs USC’s overtures

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Michigan State’s Pat Narduzzi publicly denied earlier this month that he had any interest in making a lateral move to become USC’s defensive coordinator.

Reportedly, a coordinator from the Trojans’ own conference holds the same level of interest as well.

According to Adam Jude of The Oregonian, and citing a source close to the coach, Nick Aliotti has turned down the opportunity to replace Monte Kiffin as USC’s defensive coordinator.  The paper notes that it was USC reaching out to Aliotti, not vice-versa.

The report comes the same day as former Ducks head coach Chip Kelly was officially introduced as the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Aliotti has spent 21 years with the Ducks, and keeping the long-time coordinator on the staff is considered crucial for the new head coach to maintain continuity in a football program that has been in and around the BCS title mix each of the past four seasons.  Despite the seeming lag in a hire, it’s still expected that offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich will be named as Kelly’s successor sooner rather than later.

As far as USC’s search for the elder Kiffin’s replacement, the speculation persists that Clancy Pendergast is at or near the top of Lane Kiffin‘s defensive to-do list.  Pendergast, a USC defensive assistant in 1992, served as Cal’s coordinator the past three years, but he had spent the previous 15 seasons in the NFL.

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10 Responses to “Report: Ducks defensive coordinator rebuffs USC’s overtures”
  1. pacific123ocean says: Jan 17, 2013 4:43 PM

    Sounds like Clancy Pendergast has been hired.

  2. screbels89 says: Jan 17, 2013 4:55 PM

    Who would sell their soul to the devil, I mean want to work for Lance Kiffin?

  3. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jan 17, 2013 5:10 PM

    Pendergast is the defensive coordinator for USC as of a week and half ago.

  4. uscatjerseyshore says: Jan 17, 2013 6:30 PM

    It sounds like Kiffin/USC is still reaching out, that said Clancy Pendergast is far and away a better choice than Aliotti. Aliotti has been at Oregon 21 years and despite his entrenchment, his offense was at best average and never ranked much higher than 40th. In fact early in the season after Oregon went through their cupcake early season schedule that were all played in their home stadium they were ranked in the 90’s. Definitely not someone to turn to to build an defense.

    Me thinks this was a ploy on Aliotti’s part to get attention of the Oregon AD that there was outside interest with the objective of getting looked at for the Oregon HC job.

  5. mcmuskie79 says: Jan 17, 2013 6:47 PM

    Nobody wants to take a 1 year coordinator gig. Since it’s no secret that Kiffen will get pink-slipped at then end of next season.

  6. addict2sport says: Jan 17, 2013 7:02 PM

    I wouldn’t hire Allioti. Didn’t the guy give up 50 to Kiffin last year?

  7. normtide says: Jan 17, 2013 8:13 PM

    Kirk Herbie loves Allioti, but besides that, he doesn’t seem that outstanding to me.

  8. mogogo1 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:24 AM

    Who would want to give up stable employment to work for Lane Kiffin? He’ll need probably 10 wins to have any hope at saving his job while a more talented squad this year managed 7 under his, er, leadership.

  9. duklover says: Jan 18, 2013 10:50 AM

    I”ll take Aliotti’s record vs Pendergast at Cal, bottom line, U$C still sucks!

  10. granadafan says: Jan 18, 2013 11:21 AM

    Duklover, while I agree with your last part that U$C still sucks, you’re quite wrong about the record. You had a better head coach than we did. Clancy had less to work with and your defense was on the field a lot less due to CAL’s inept offense. yet, he did a great job with a few exceptions. I will say this though. Clancy’s not the best motivator. There were stories that he barely spoke to players and let his team quit when games weren’t going well.

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