Ed Orgeron: 'Clancy Pendergast's name kept coming up'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday February 21, 2013

Posted by: Chris Vannini on February 21, 2013

There have been a number of defensive changes for USC this offseason.

One of the biggest is the addition of Clancy Pendergast as defensive coordinator. In an interview with USC's official site, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron expressed a lot of excitement with the new schemes.

"One of the things that we figured out, Lane and I, was that we needed to get a better scheme against the spread," Orgeron said. "We studied defensive coordinators. Who did a great job against Oregon, against UCLA, against Arizona State? Clancy Pendergast's name kept coming up. We interviewed him. I've been with him for a month now, I think he's excellent.

"I love the scheme he's bringing in. It's an aggressive style, but in a 5-2 defense. Sometimes we'll have five defensive linemen in there. He's very aggressive with the cornerbacks and the safeties and knows how to blitz his linebackers."

Orgeron compared Pendergast's scheme and ability to Pete Carroll on the back end, while Orgeron will deal with the front end.

The Trojans finished No. 61 in total defense and No. 71 in rushing defense last season, as USC went 7-6 after starting off No. 1 in the AP Poll. As a result, Kiffin made a number of changes on staff.

"Change is good. We needed change, obviously," Orgeron said. "This is USC. USC fans deserve the best, and the players deserve the best. I want to compliment Lane Kiffin in his choices. He's done a great job interviewing coaches, taking our time, bringing in the best fit for the University of Southern California in order for us to win.

"I really feel we're headed in the right direction. I am totally excited about everything that's going on at USC."



Chris Vannini is the lead writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered Michigan State sports for The State News, The Oakland Press and MLive.com. He writes a weekly column for the Detroit Free Press on behalf of SB Nation. Vannini lives in Big Ten country, so his foot speed is far from SEC caliber, but his pulse on coaches is hard to match. Be sure to follow @CoachingBuzz on twitter and send your feedback to chris@coachingsearch.com

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.

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