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USC announces Clancy Pendergast will coach secondary too

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Former Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast officially joined USC’s coaching staff in the same capacity last week. Now, he’s been assigned additional responsibilities.

USC made the announcement on Thursday that defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders has left the program, and that Pendergast will assume Sanders’ responsibilities in the Trojans secondary. Pendergast replaced former USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

“We wish Marvin Sanders and his family the best of luck,” said Lane Kiffin in a release.  “Marvin did a great job for us coaching our secondary and in recruiting.  But with the hiring of Clancy Pendergast as our defensive coordinator, we decided to go in a different direction based on Clancy’s desire to oversee the defensive backs unit.”

Sanders had only been with USC for one season.

The Trojans pass defense was average last season, ranking 68th by giving up roughly 240 yards per game through the air and 18 touchdowns. During USC’s late season slide, the Trojans defense gave up 33 points per game during the final six games of the year, including a Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech.

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3 Responses to “USC announces Clancy Pendergast will coach secondary too”
  1. ajarkoski says: Jan 24, 2013 2:52 PM

    Clancy will have some good athletes to work with, so it seems the defense should improve.
    But then again, Kiffin Sr. had NFL experience and how well did that work? Another season to waid through for the Trojans, something I will enjoy watching.

  2. cosanostra71 says: Jan 24, 2013 7:34 PM

    Well I certainly hope the defense improves next year. I have nothing but respect for Monte Kiffin and he is one of the great NFL coordinators, it just didn’t work out for him at USC. The defense needed a change, and it will be interesting to see if Pendergast is the change it needed. He has an interesting task ahead of him with the lack of depth and how that affects practice routines/contact/etc. Cal had some solid defenses while Pendergast was there, they were poor last year but their whole team was too. I just hope USC is better next year, this was a rough year.

  3. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Jan 25, 2013 4:18 PM

    he stunk when he was here in AZ as the DC of the Cards

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