Pendergast leaving Raiders to coach defense at Cal

Clancy Pendergast, who joined Oakland as a secondary coach recently after losing his coordinator position with Kansas City, informed the Raiders Friday that he is leaving to become the defensive coordinator at Cal. Raiders senior executive John Herrera confirmed reports about the departure Friday afternoon, and said that the team understood Pendergast’s desire to leave.

“He came to us to be in a secondary position in coaching the secondary, with a salary that was split with the Chiefs,” Herrera said. “But we knew that Clancy had been a coordinator and wanted to be a coordinator again, and this is an opportunity to do that.”

The vacancy with Cal was created on Wednesday when the school lost its previous coordinator to Boise State. Pendergast was replaced by Romeo Crennel as the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator.

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