I wrote yesterday that Lane Kiffin’s already interviewed former Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast for the USC job. That is one reason some USC recruits are being told the Trojans will play more of a 3-4 defense next season.
It is what Pendergast ran at Cal and is considered a better formation to stop the spread offense. And here is why Pendergast is attractive: Some elite coaches find the job a dead end because it could be a one-year stop if Kiffin is fired.
Pendergast does not have that concern because he needs a job. I’ve heard from NFL people he is able though some say his reputation is lacking among NFL coaches. I also heard he clashed with Cal coach Jeff Tedford.
But Lane Kiffin needs a defensive coordinator, so maybe Pendergast is the frontrunner.