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Trojans counting on Clancy Pendergast to come up with a plan to stop Stanford

Trojans counting on Clancy Pendergast to come up with a plan to stop Stanford

Were he not coaching football, Clancy Pendergast says, he’d probably be back in Arizona, running a dairy farm.

His great-grandfather homesteaded land near Phoenix in 1878, and for generations, Pendergasts became farmers and respected members of the community. Pendergast's father grew alfalfa, maize and cotton, and ran a dairy farm.

Pendergast’s life was headed that way, too. Then, in 1988, while studying agriculture at Arizona, he decided to ask the football coach at the local high school powerhouse, Amphitheater, if he had any openings.

“I just missed the game,” Pendergast explained.

Pendergast coached the junior varsity, for no pay....

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