Clancy Pendergast returning to run USC’s defense

USC has brought back former defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast to serve in the same position for 2016, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

Clancy Pendergast is returning to #USC to again run the Trojans defense, source told @FOXSports.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 7, 2016

Pendergast served as USC’s defensive coordinator in 2013 during the coaching carousel of Lane Kiffin, Ed Orgeron and Clay Helton (now the Trojans’ head coach) and served at Cal in the same position the previous three seasons. During his time in the Pac-12, his defenses showed a knack for slowing down the spread offenses that became popular under former Oregon coach Chip Kelly at that time and just spread through the conference like wildfire. Cal ranked ninth in total defense in 2010 and the Trojans ranked 33rd in the same category under Pendergast’s watch in 2013, but he was not retained following the hiring of Steve Sarkisian.

Most recently, Pendergast spent the last two seasons in the NFL as the linebackers coach for the San Francisco 49ers.

Needless to say, though Helton himself is more of an offensive mind, having a great coordinator in Pendergast should help USC continue making some noise in the Pac-12.

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