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Ducks took shot at UW defensive coordinator

EUGENE — Oregon contacted current Washington defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski to see if he would be interested in switching sides in the rivalry.

According to the Seattle Times, Kwiatkowski will not be leaving Chris Petersen’s staff to be the Ducks’ new defensive coordinator.

The Huskies led the Pac-12 in scoring defense (18.8 ppg) and total defense (351.8 ypg) last season. Oregon was last in the conference in both categories, giving up 37.5 points and 485.3 yards per game.

Oregon defeated Washington 26-20 last season for its 12th consecutive win in the series.

The Ducks were also reportedly interested in hiring San Francisco 49ers linebackers coach Clancy Pendergast, who is headed back to USC to be the defensive coordinator, the same position he held in 2013.

Two former Duck players who were on former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian’s staff at USC, Justin Wilcox (former Trojans defensive coordinator) and Peter Sirmon (current Trojans linebackers coach), could emerge as serious candidates as Mark Helfrich gets deeper into his wish list.

According to a Scout.com report, former Michigan coach Brady Hoke is also a possible candidate to lead Oregon’s defense.

Hoke, who has never been a defensive coordinator, visited Oregon’s spring practice before the 2015 season. He posted a 31-20 record with the Wolverines before getting fired after the 2014 season and was replaced by Jim Harbaugh.

Helfrich demoted Pellum on Monday after Oregon finished the season with a 47-41 triple-overtime loss to TCU at the Alamo Bowl.