Former USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast ready to coach again

Ex-USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast says he's ready to get back into coaching -- college or NFL

A year after he was not retained as USC’s defensive coordinator by first-year Coach Steve Sarkisian, Clancy Pendergast has resurfaced, telling Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman that he wants back in the game.

Pendergast’s USC defense was ranked first, statistically, in the Pac-12 Conference and 13th nationally in 2013, though it did not play Oregon or Washington, the Pac-12’s leading two offenses.

The Trojans are second in the Pac-12 and 66th nationally under defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, who came to USC from Washington with Sarkisian.

Pendergast said he has tried to remain busy. He said he has spent a couple of days working with the Washington Redskins and the University of Tennessee but was not employed full-time.

He said he would be open to returning to college football or the NFL.

“I’m just looking for the best situation,” he said. “Coaching is coaching and teaching is teaching.”

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