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Pendergast named USC defensive coordinator

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USC announced on Friday that former Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast has been named the Trojans' new defensive coordinator.

Pendergast replaces Monte Kiffin, who is the father of USC head coach Lane Kiffin and is now the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys.

"Clancy is a perfect fit for us," said Lane Kiffin in a statement. "He is a very experienced and successful defensive coordinator. He plays an attacking-style defense with multiple looks and, having spent the last three years in the Pac-12, he knows how to defend the various kinds of offenses that we see in this conference.

"What was particularly appealing to me was how he took a Cal defense that was seventh in the Pac-12 in total defense the year before he arrived and then led the league his first two years. That's our goal here, to have that same kind of impact. I also liked that he has coached at the highest level, getting to the Super Bowl in the NFL."

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