Former Chiefs defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast signed on with the Oakland Raiders to be a defensive assistant coach less than two weeks ago. He has already moved on, taking the defensive coordinator job at California.
“We are extremely pleased and excited to be able to hire a football coach with Clancy Pendergast’s experience and credentials,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said in a statement Friday. “He has been a defensive coordinator on football’s biggest stage and will be a tremendous asset to Cal football.”
Pendergast’s hiring comes 48 hours after Bob Gregory announced he was leaving Cal to become a defensive assistant at Boise State.
Pendergast turned down an offer to be the Chiefs defensive backs coach.
“I’m excited to have an opportunity to work here at Cal with its tradition-rich program,” Pendergast said. “Hopefully, I can bring the ability to be a very good teacher of the game, give our players direction and put them in position to use their strengths along with their talent to make plays.”
“We want to play smart, tough and aggressive. Those will be the three keys.”
Pendergast has experience with the 3-4 base defense, something that Tedford was looking for in replacing Gregory. The Bears switched to a 3-4 before the 2008 season and have spent the past couple years recruiting to that scheme. Cal’s 2010 recruiting class included the No. 2 linebacker corps in the country.
Pendergast won’t have long to get up to speed. Spring practice starts March 11. It was pushed back from March 6 to give Pendergast more time to get acclimated.
Sure, on the one hand Pendergast misses out on the chance to randomly become Raiders head coach midseason after Tom Cable is fired for looking at JaMarcus Russell the wrong way. But on the other he no longer has to work for Al Davis.