Cal hires Pendergast as defensive coordinator

California hired Clancy Pendergast away from the Oakland Raiders

on Friday to take over the recently vacated defensive coordinator


The Golden Bears were scrambling to fill the position after Bob

Gregory left Wednesday to take an assistant’s job at Boise


Coach Jeff Tedford didn’t have look far for his replacement.

Pendergast had joined the Raiders as a defensive assistant on Feb.

8, after serving as defensive coordinator for the Kansas City

Chiefs last season.

“We are extremely pleased and excited to be able to hire a

football coach with Clancy Pendergast’s experience and

credentials,” Tedford said. “He has been a defensive coordinator

on football’s biggest stage and will be a tremendous asset to Cal


Pendergast spent the past 15 years in the NFL, including five

years as defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals. He helped

Arizona make it to the Super Bowl following the 2008 season before

leaving for Kansas City last year.

Pendergast’s defenses have excelled at creating turnovers. In

his five years in Arizona, the Cardinals had 77 interceptions and

71 fumble recoveries, the eighth most turnovers in the league in

that span.

“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,” he

said. “We want to play smart, tough and aggressive. Those will be

the three keys.”

Gregory was an original member of Tedford’s staff, starting in

the 2002 season. Tedford was upset to lose his defensive

coordinator, but Gregory said he returned to Boise State for family


Tedford wanted to find a coach familiar with the 3-4 defense

that Cal ran in recent years under Gregory. Pendergast ran the 3-4

defense last season in Kansas City.

Pendergast also worked as a defensive assistant for Cleveland,

Dallas and the Houston Oilers in the NFL. Before coming to the NFL,

Pendergast worked four years as a college assistant at Mississippi

State, Southern California and Oklahoma.