USC’s football coaching staff continued to turn over Friday.
As expected, the school announced that Clancy Pendergast has been hired as defensive coordinator, replacing Monte Kiffin. Linebackers coach Scottie Hazelton also will depart to become Nevada's defensive coordinator, according to Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com.
Pendergast, 45, was defensive coordinator at California the last three seasons.
“Clancy is a perfect fit for us,” Head Coach Lane Kiffin said 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. “
At Cal, Pendergast oversaw a defense that ranked first in the Pac-12 Conference in 2010 and 2011 before falling to 10th last season. Cal Coach Jeff Tedford was fired after the Golden Bears finished 3-9 overall and 2-7 in the Pac-12.