Just a few days after extending head coach Clay Helton’s contract to stay through the 2023 season, the football team has announced that it will do the same for offensive and defensive coordinators Tee Martin and Clancy Pendergast.Under defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily Trojan“Consistency and stability are so important in improving your program every year,” Helton said in a statement on Monday. “Having both back will help us to our goal of having national championship-caliber seasons.”Coaching in their respective positions for the past two seasons, Martin and Pendergast have helped lead USC to consecutive New Year’s Six bowl appearances with trips to the Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl.Martin, a 1998 national championship-winning quarterback with Tennessee, began his tenure with the team in 2012 as a wide receivers coach. In his time at USC, he helped develop former Trojans and current NFL stars Marqise Lee, Robert Woods and Nelson Agholor. Over the past two seasons, Martin has led the USC offense to consecutive decades-long highs in total yards per game with 477.1 yards in 2016 and 481.1 in 2017. Martin’s name came up in a few head-coaching rumors this off-season, including at his alma mater of Tennessee. The Volunteers ended up settling on Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt after an extended head-coaching search. Defensively, Pendergast has re-energized the Trojans. In 2017 USC tied all other FBS programs at the top with 46 sacks led by senior Uchenna Nwosu, who tallied 9.5 sacks on the season. After being defensive coordinator for USC for the 2013 season, Pendergast left for two years to serve as the linebackers coach for the San Francisco 49ers. Since he returned for the 2016 season, USC has been one of the strongest defensive units in the Pac-12. Off the field, both Pendergast and Martin have been instrumental in keeping USC atop the college football recruiting world. Both of the recruiting classes that these coaches have been a part of shaping, 2017 and 2018, have been ranked among the top five in the nation according to 247sports.com.This season, 247 ranked Tee Martin as the second best recruiter in the Pac-12 behind USC linebackers coach Johnny Nansen.
Published on November 23, 2018 at 11:34 am Contact Josh: email@example.com | @Schafer_44 No. 20 Syracuse (8-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) and Boston College (7-4, 4-3) both plummeted down the College Football Rankings on Tuesday night following Week 12 losses. Syracuse was dominated by No. 3 Notre Dame 36-3 in Yankee Stadium while the Eagles lost 22-21 at Florida State behind a 74-yard game-sealing touchdown pass from the Seminoles. Here’s what to know about the Syracuse-Boston College matchup. All-time series: Syracuse leads, 31-20Last time they played: In the last week of the 2017 season, Boston College dismantled Syracuse, 42-14. Then-freshman running back AJ Dillon took his first carry for a 22-yard touchdown. That was the theme of the day, as Dillon ran the ball 23 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns. Syracuse, playing without its starting quarterback as it might this weekend, struggled offensively. Rex Culpepper subbed in for Eric Dungey and completed 24-of-34 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Trailing 28-14 at halftime, Syracuse’s run defense crumbled in the second half as Boston College scored twice more and ran the clock out in the Orange’s final loss of 2017. The Boston College report: Boston College likes to run the football. Through 11 games, BC has run the ball 226 more times than it’s thrown it. Now-sophomore running back Dillon has rushed for 1,052 yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games. As a team, the Eagles average 4.1 yards per carry, and their 196.7 rushing yards per game ranks 46th in the country. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOperating out of a multiple set offense, BC utilizes standard running formations with multiple tight ends and a full back. But where the Eagles diverge from the standard run-heavy mold is when they go no-huddle and move fluidly from two-back sets to empty formations in the shotgun. In the passing game, Anthony Brown has completed 56.9 percent of his passes for 1,870 yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively, Boston College ranks 48th nationally allowing 24.2 points per game. The Eagles run defense ranks more than 20 spots higher than its passing defense, which bodes well for the pass first Orange offense. How Syracuse beats Boston College: Syracuse wins Saturday’s matchup by turning it into a shootout. The Orange have scored more than 40 points in all eight of their wins this season. The Eagle have scored 40 or more just once in ACC play (against Wake Forest on Sept. 13). The Eagles want a slower, run-heavy game. With Dungey’s status for Saturday still unknown, expect to see redshirt freshman Tommy DeVito, at least in spurts. DeVito runs less than Dungey but has a more prolific arm and could help take the top off a shaky Boston College passing defense. Like most games, Syracuse wins if it plays the game to its own advantages. The Orange run defense, which has struggled throughout the season, will have its hands full with Dillon and the running attack. SU will need a few third down stops to prevent long drives from the Eagles paired with quick scoring drives of their own. Player to watch: Wyatt Ray, No. 11 defensive endTied with Syracuse’s Alton Robinson for 13th in the nation in sacks (9), Wyatt heads Boston College’s pass rush. As a team, the Eagles are tied for 20th in the country in sacks. Wyatt and fellow defensive end Zach Allen will both be key for BC if they are to pull off the upset. A week ago, SU allowed six sacks to Notre Dame and looked stagnant on offense as the Irish forced DeVito to throw several balls away. If BC is to win on Saturday, it will likely be on the backs of a solid performance from its pass rushers. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments read more