New defense appears to be better fit

LOS ANGELES -- It would be like comedian Adam Sandler playing George S. Patton, Barbara Streisand singing Lady Gaga or Paul McCartney replacing Mick Jagger as the lead singer in the Rolling Stones.

Sometimes things just don’t fit, as was the case when former USC Trojans defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin tried to transition his famed NFL Tampa 2 defense to the college level with mixed success, taking standing eight counts against high-powered spread option attacks such as the Oregon Ducks.

After three seasons, Kiffin finally resigned and returned to the NFL, and now former Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast enters as the Trojans new DC. USC head coach Lane Kiffin is hoping that Pendergast's attacking 3-4 defense will stop the bleeding against the vaunted spread option teams of the Pac-12 and beyond.