Candidates Who Could Replace Glenn Spencer as OSU Defensive Coordinator

Written by PFB Staff

By Kyle Boone and Adam Lunt

Mike Gundy is making a change at defensive coordinator and not retaining Glenn Spencer, paving the way for a new era for Oklahoma State on the defensive side of the ball.

So who will replace Spencer, the man who was promoted from within in 2013? Here’s a look at seven candidates who should be among the many considered.

Chad Glasgow — Texas Christian

An Oklahoma State alum, Glasgow played linebacker at OSU and even returned briefly as a graduate assistant under Bob Simmons in 1994-1995.

Glasgow’s the DC for TCU and a Gary Patterson disciple widely respected as one of the best defensive minds in the Big 12. He took over as the full-time DC in 2016 and led the defense to a Big 12-best scoring defense, rush defense and pass defense.

Tony Pecoraro — Southern Miss

Pecoraro — Southern Miss’ second-year DC — is an up-and-comer in the profession still young in his tenure at the helm of the Golden Eagles defense.

Although he doesn’t have direct connections to OSU, former Southern Miss coach (and former OSU offensive coordinator) Todd Monken might toss his name in Mike Gundy’s direction. Do a quick Google of Southern Miss’s defense and you’ll see that 2017 was a turnaround year for Southern Miss and its defense under his watch, ranking 20th nationally in total defense and 45th in scoring defense (OSU finished 79th and 85th, respectively, in those same categories in 2017.)

Jason Jones — Ole Miss

Jones is an interesting name, too. He is the co-DC at Ole Miss, and it would be a promotion for him at OSU to full time. He coached Perrish Cox, Broderick Brown, and Justin Gilbert. Then went to Ole Miss and won Defensive Backs Coach of the Year in 2014 when they led nation in scoring defense. He’s only the co-DC so he might be interested in making the jump to full time DC at OSU.

Vic Koenning — Troy

Koenning has been all over the place. He has coached at Illinois, Wyoming, North Carolina, Kansas State and, most recently, Troy. Koenning took a Troy defense that was 125th in the country in points per drive given up in 2014 that has finished in the top 12 in each of the last two years. That’s huge. He was also Clemson’s defensive coordinator from 2005-2008 in the pre-Dabo Swinney years. He also played football at Kansas State.

Brian VanGorder — Oklahoma State

Brian VanGorder is an intriguing option to watch if OSU wishes to promote from within. He joined OSU’s staff last year as an analyst a year after being ousted as chief of the Notre Dame defense, and has NFL experience coaching linebackers.

Unlike Joe Bob Clements (who we will get to next), VanGorder’s hiring wouldn’t necessarily signal Gundy’s wish to keep the same scheme, philosophy, etc. He’s an outsider who served as an analyst who was highly-regarded prior to an awful season at ND in 2015-16.

Joe Bob Clements — Oklahoma State

Another of the insiders who might be considered for the job, Joe Bob Clements has done yeoman’s work coaching up and recruiting the defensive line.

Clements joined the staff in 2013 after coming from K-State, and he’s a Bill Snyder disciple. OSU could certainly do worse, but his promotion would likely signal that Gundy wants to keep things at relatively the status quo scheme wise. Wouldn’t be splashy, but he’s been successful in every role he’s been placed in.

Van Malone — Unemployed

After a multi-year stint as the cornerbacks coach at Oklahoma State, Chad Morris stole Malone away to take over the defense at SMU. However with Morris recently taking the Arkansas job, Malone’s back on the market.

This wouldn’t be a splashy hire (and I’m not sure it would be a good one either), but Malone’s familarity with Oklahoma State is something I’m positive Gundy would value.

 

  • AC

    I could talk myself into any but Malone. He would be an awful hire and bring literally nothing new to the table.

  • Osupsycho

    I could see Malone coming in as a position coach, especially if any of the position coaches are let go along with Spencer.

    • PokeNBeans

      Could come in as the “10th” coach hire and have special team duties as well.

  • Gundy Forever

    Glasgows name keeps getting dropped like it’s a homecoming party truth is, he’d been coaching at TCU since 2000 minus one season at Texas Tech. People talk about GS not making adjustments but TCU got blown out by OU both times. I think Joe Bob has done a good job getting talent to the next level. I would hate to see him leave because he wanted further opportunities

    • OSU Student

      I completely understand what you mean, but I don’t like using OU as the reasoning. They had literally the most efficient offense in the history of college football. Regardless of how good of a schemer you are, at some point you gotta just sit back and realize you aren’t gonna stop those guys.

    • tkenietz

      And if we did promote JBC, and he isn’t a good DC, we have to let him go because he isn’t likely to take a demotion. Then we need a DC and have to replace one of our best position coaches.

      Give the man a raise and hire a DC. Stop thrift store shopping, break out the checkbook, take OSU to the next level.

  • Jason

    Malone seemed to do well coaching corners. Not sure the stats for those seasons. He would be a good position coach.

  • Bbjd

    Orlondo Steinauer at Fresno State would be a game changing hire. Turned that defense around and is one of the best in the business.

    • I’m out West, and his name keeps getting dropped for Boise St.
      Good, under-the-radar hire, imo!

      • Bbjd

        Yea Vic Koennig over at Troy would be great also and is from Owasso.

        • two4osu

          Maybe then we could dispel that fantasy up 169 that the only college in the state is in Norman .

      • stepdaddy

        “under the radar hire” Give me a break! After the Yurcich debacle it is only under the radar at OSU if he hires a high school coach. Seriously, no one would hire MY from Sheepshit PA the year after the Sugar bowl, except for Mike Gundy!

  • Forever 14

    Doug Gottlieb?

    • ssbn599

      Yeah!

    • naedrdmk

      heeheehee

  • Joe Bob or splashy hire. If splashy hire, you gotta work to keep JB.

  • OSU Student

    I don’t like the idea of making a position coach the Coordinator. I get it, I really do, but scheming an entire defense against different looks from opposing offense’s is Completely different than coaching a group of DL’s line gapping and line schemes. Why can’t we bribe the VT guy to come over? He saw in the bowl game which team was better…

    • Bbjd

      The guy who has coached there since 1987 and has been a coordinator for 22 years.

      • OSU Student

        The first part I was serious about, the second part I was kinda sarcastically poking at since we beat them and it was a post subject before the bowl game.

        • Bbjd

          Must have missed that my bad seemed like the kind of idea that gets thrown around on these comments by some.

          • OSU Student

            Yeah, not very likely to get him. But i did hear Saban was a pretty good defensive mind, we should give him a call!

  • I’m personally going to put the kaibash on the Van Malone idea. Too much baggage. And too much like “Sam Malone” for me!

  • Jeremy
    • Josh

      This is a pretty interesting suggestion but has HCMG googled him yet?

  • Paul

    Jason Rollins
    Defensive Coordinator

    FBS Top 10 Total Defense (yards per game)
    1 Alabama 260.4
    2 Wisconsin 262.1
    3 Michigan 271.0
    4 Clemson 276.7
    **** 5 UTSA 287.8
    6 Georgia 294.9
    7 Michigan St. 297.6
    8 Washington 298.0
    9 Ohio St. 300.9
    10 Mississippi St. 306.3

    FBS Top 10 Scoring Defense (points per game)
    1 Alabama 11.9
    2 Clemson 13.6
    3 Wisconsin 13.9
    4 Virginia Tech 14.8
    5 Washington 16.1
    6 Georgia 16.4
    7 Penn St. 16.5
    **** 8 UTSA 17.0
    9 Wyoming !7.5
    10 Fresno St. 17.9

    Jason Rollins is in his first season as UTSA’s defensive coordinator after serving the previous two years as associate head coach and linebackers coach.

    Rollins helped mentor one of the nation’s top defenses in 2017, as the Roadrunners led Conference USA in seven different statistical categories and ranked in the top 10 among all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in five. UTSA held eight of its 11 opponents to 300-or-less yards of total offense, including a school-record 149 allowed in the 51-17 win against Southern, and five foes rushed for 100-or-less yards, highlighted by a program-record 37 allowed in the 44-14 victory at Texas State. Linebacker La’Kel Bass earned honorable mention all-conference accolades after leading the team with 68 tackles to go along with 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries.

    In his first season with the Roadrunners, he helped guide the team to six wins and the program’s first-ever bowl game, the 2016 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. His linebackers combined for 267 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries. Josiah Tauaefa broke UTSA’s single-season record for tackles with 115 en route to becoming the Roadrunners’ first Freshman All-American (Football Writers Association of America), Conference USA Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection. Bass tied the school standard for single-season tackles for loss with 11 as part of his 87 total stops.

    Rollins came to San Antonio from Tulane, where he spent nine seasons as secondary coach, including serving as co-defensive coordinator in 2015 and special teams coordinator in 2014. He played a key role in the development of three All-Americans and four NFL players in draft picks Lorenzo Doss and Taurean Nixon, as well as free agents Derrick Strozier and Jordan Sullen.

    In 2013, Rollins’ secondary was a big reason why the Green Wave made their first bowl appearance since the 2002 season. Tulane ranked second nationally in turnovers forced with 35, including 19 interceptions with 15 by the defensive backfield. Doss, an All-America cornerback, picked off seven passes, returning a pair for touchdowns, and forced two fumbles. Additionally, Tulane allowed just 352.1 yards per game, which ranked 22nd in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

    In 2014, Rollins helped lead the secondary to a combined 15 interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and a pair of forced fumbles, as the unit contributed to 22 of the team’s 28 takeaways, which ranked 21st nationally. Parry Nickerson led the Green Wave and all FBS freshmen with six picks and garnered Freshman All-America accolades.

    Rollins’ impact on Tulane’s secondary was immediate from the time he joined the staff prior to the 2008 campaign. In his first season in New Orleans, the group combined for 23 pass breakups, five interceptions, five forced fumbles and five recoveries.

    During the next four years, his defensive backs combined for 31 interceptions and 120 pass breakups while helping the Green Wave defense consistently rank near the top of Conference USA in most major statistical categories.

    Prior to his tenure at Tulane, Rollins was co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach at his alma mater, McNeese State, for two seasons (2005-06). He helped the Cowboys to a 23-10 record, two Southland Conference championships and a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoff appearance in in his final season.

    Rollins got his coaching start as an assistant coach for the defensive backs at McNeese State in 1997-98. He was an assistant coach in the Texas prep ranks at Galveston Ball (1999-2000) and La Marque (2001).

    He spent three seasons (2002-04) as the defensive backs coach at Northwestern State, where he helped the Demons to the 2004 Southland title on the strength of the top defense in the FCS.

    Rollins was an all-state and all-district performer at Newton (Texas) High School and he went on to play safety at McNeese State in 1994-96.

    Rollins earned his bachelor’s degree in health and human performance from McNeese State in 1996.

    He and his wife, Danna, have one son, Tieler.

    The Jason Rollins File
    Coaching Experience
    • 2018-present: UTSA, defensive coordinator
    • 2016-17: UTSA, associate head coach/linebackers
    • 2015: Tulane, co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs
    • 2014: Tulane, special teams coordinator/defensive backs
    • 2007-13: Tulane, assistant coach/defensive backs
    • 2005-06: McNeese State, co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs
    • 2002-04: Northwestern State, defensive backs
    • 2001: La Marque HS, assistant coach
    • 1999-2000: Galveston Ball HS, assistant coach
    • 1997-98: McNeese State, assistant coach/defensive backs

    NFL Players Coached
    • Lorenzo Doss, CB, Broncos
    • Taurean Nixon, CB, Broncos, Jaguars
    • David Pittman, CB, Ravens, Saints, Steelers, Texans
    • Cairo Santos, PK, Chiefs
    • Bryan Smith, LB, Eagles, Jaguars, Rams
    • Derrick Strozier, RB, Saints
    • Jordan Sullen, CB, Broncos; Steelers

    Playing Experience
    • 1994-96: McNeese State, safety

    Education
    • Bachelor’s degree in health and human performance, McNeese State, 1996

    Family
    • Wife: Danna
    • Children: Tieler

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      Thanks for his entire life story.

    • Bbjd

      Really talented guy he has never been a D coordinator though but a guy we should keep an eye on or consider bringing him in as a 10th assistant. I’d love to hire Golding who went to Bama as a position coach as defensive coordinator though.

    • Gumby

      Yards per game, points per game? Really?

  • Paul

    Matt Entz
    Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

    FCS Scoring Defense (click for link)
    Rank / School / Scoring
    1 James Madison 10.3
    **** 2 North Dakota St. 11.4
    3 N.C. A&T 12.3
    4 UT Martin 14.3
    5 Saint Francis (PA) 14.6
    6 Jacksonville St. 15
    7 Kennesaw St. 15.5
    8 Yale 15.6
    9 Villanova 16.1
    10 Delaware 16.8

    FCS Total Defense (click for link)
    Rank / School / Total Yards
    **** 1 North Dakota St. 228.3
    2 Jacksonville St. 239.6
    3 James Madison 242.3
    4 N.C. A&T 251.4
    5 McNeese 262.5
    6 UT Martin 273.8
    7 Tennessee St. 278.5
    8 South Carolina St. 279.9
    9 Albany (NY) 282.1
    10 Saint Francis (PA) 287.2

    Matt Entz has guided one of the top defensive units in Division I football each of his first three seasons since being hired as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at North Dakota State University in 2014.

    NDSU has led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in scoring defense and ranked in the FCS top five all three years allowing an average of 16 points or less as the Bison won their fourth and fifth straight NCAA national championships and extended their streak of conference titles to six in a row.

    Entz has coached four all-conference linebackers at NDSU in Carlton Littlejohn, Travis Beck, Nick DeLuca and MJ Stumpf. Stumpf was a third team FCS All-America selection by HERO Sports in 2016.

    The Missouri Valley Football Conference is familiar territory for Entz. He came to NDSU in January 2014 after one season as the associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Western Illinois in 2013, and spent three previous years at Northern Iowa.

    He was the defensive line coach in 2010 at Northern Iowa under defensive coordinator Chris Klieman, and assumed the defensive coordinator duties at UNI in 2012.

    Entz was the defensive coordinator from 2002 to 2009 at Winona State, where he was promoted to associate head coach in 2003 and was with the defensive line for three years before becoming linebackers coach in 2005. He was named the AFCA Division II Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008.

    Prior to that, Entz was the assistant head football coach and linebackers coach at Wayne (Neb.) State from 1999 to 2001 and the defensive coordinator at Illinois College in 1998. He holds certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach during his time at Wayne State.

    Entz earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wartburg College in 1995 and a master’s degree in education and exercise science from Wayne (Neb.) State College in 1998.

    He and his wife, Brenda, have two sons, Kellen and Konner.

  • Paul

    John Sumrall
    Troy Defensive Coordinator

    FBS Top 10+ Total Defense (yards per game)
    1 Alabama 260.4
    2 Wisconsin 262.1
    3 Michigan 271.0
    4 Clemson 276.7
    5 UTSA 287.8
    6 Georgia 294.9
    7 Michigan St. 297.6
    8 Washington 298.0
    9 Ohio St. 300.9
    10 Mississippi St. 306.3
    **** 24 Troy 336.6

    FBS Top 10 Scoring Defense (points per game)
    1 Alabama 11.9
    2 Clemson 13.6
    3 Wisconsin 13.9
    4 Virginia Tech 14.8
    5 Washington 16.1
    6 Georgia 16.4
    7 Penn St. 16.5
    8 UTSA 17.0
    9 Wyoming !7.5
    10 Fresno St. 17.9
    **** 11 Troy 18.5

    Jon Sumrall begins his third season as the assistant head coach at Troy University. Sumrall works with Troy’s linebackers and will serve as the special teams coordinator for the second consecutive season.

    The Troy defense finished the 2016 season second nationally in passes intercepted, fourth in turnovers forced, 17th in rushing defense, 21st holding opponents to 22.1 points per game (20.5 allowed by the defense) and 28th in third-down defense.

    In 2016, Troy posted a 10-3 overall record with a victory in the Dollar General Bowl, the first top-25 ranking in school and Sun Belt Conference history and the best win-improvement in the country.

    Additionally, linebacker Justin Lucas was named the MVP in Troy’s Dollar General Bowl victory.

    In his first season, the Trojans finished the year with the second-best turnaround nationally in opponent 3rd-down percentage (14.62 percent), the fourth-best turnaround in yards per play allowed (-1.13), the fifth-best improvement in tackles for loss per game (2.59) and 16th-best improvement in total defense (-62.7).

    Troy held opponents to 391.2 yards per game, an improved of 62.8 yards from the previous season and the first time under 400 yards since the 2008 season.

    Troy scored five defensive touchdowns, the third most in the country and most by a Troy team since 2004, and finished fifth in the country with 13 fumble recoveries. The Trojans forced 16 turnovers over the final six games of the season after just three in the first six games.

    Linebacker William Lloyd debuted with 15 tackles in the opener at NC State; the most ever by a Troy player in his debut. Lloyd would go on to be named to the Sun Belt Conference All-Newcomer Team.

    Sumrall joined the Troy staff after spending the previous three seasons as the co-defensive coordinator at Tulane.

    Sumrall’s defense was a crucial part of Tulane’s run to the New Orleans Bowl in 2013 as the Green Wave finished second in the nation with 35 forced turnovers. It was Tulane’s first bowl game since 2002 and just its third since 1988. Tulane finished fourth nationally with 16 fumble recoveries and sixth with 19 interceptions that year.

    In addition to ranking among the nation’s best in forcing turnovers, Sumrall’s 2013 defense finished 22nd nationally in total defense (352.1), 13th in sacks per game (2.92) and 11th in red zone defense (73.5 percent). That season he was named a finalist for FootballScoop Defensive Line Coach of the Year along with coaches from Michigan State, Stanford and Missouri.

    In his first season at Tulane, Sumrall’s defensive line accounted for 27.5 tackles for loss, including 13.5 sacks, recorded 11 quarterback hurries, forced four fumbles and recovered two.

    Prior to his arrival at Tulane, Sumrall spent five seasons in various positions at the University of San Diego, including as the defensive coordinator during his final two seasons. He spent his first three seasons as the defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and camp coordinator before assuming the defensive coordinator and linebackers coaching role in 2010. During his final season with the Toreros, Sumrall was promoted to assistant head coach.

    In 2011, the Toreros ranked 15th nationally in run defense (113 ypg), 13th in pass efficiency defense, fourth in sacks (3.64 spg), and 16th in third-down defense (32.2 percent).

    The San Diego defense had numerous players receive accolades. Defensive end Blake Oliaro was named Pioneer Football League (PFL) Defensive Player of the Year, Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) second team All-American and first team all-conference.

    In Sumrall’s first season as defensive coordinator in 2010, the defense ranked first in scoring defense (16.1 ppg), total defense (265 ypg), run defense (67.1 ypg), and third-down defense (31.7 percent) in league play, and was also ranked second in pass defense (197.9 ypg).

    Following the 2010 season, defensive end Mario Kurn was named a Ted Hendricks Award finalist, Buck Buchanan Award Finalist, first team All-American by Phil Steele and The Sports Network, second team All-American by the Associated Press and first team all-conference.

    In 2007 Sumrall coached defensive end Eric Bakhtiari, who was a 2007 Walter Camp first team All-American, an Associated Press first team All-American, a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award and was named the PFL Defensive Player of the Year.

    Sumrall spent two seasons (2005-06) serving as the defensive graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Kentucky.

    As a collegiate player, Sumrall was a three-year letterman at middle linebacker for Kentucky from 2002-04. He started every game as a senior and led the Wildcats with 72 tackles. Sumrall was a two time all-state performer and a four-year letterman at Grissom (Ala.) High School.

    A native of Huntsville, Ala., Sumrall completed his bachelor’s degree in finance in 2005 and has completed coursework on a master’s degree in sports leadership.

    Sumrall is married to the former Ginny Nixon of Huntsville, and the couple has 4-year-old twins, Samuel George and Sadie Gayle, and a daughter, Stella (1).

    • Bbjd

      Vic Koenning is the D coordinator would be a great hire.

      • Justin

        Whole heartedly agree. His D was insane. 11th in scoring def 1 in red zone D. 4th in tackles for loss. 7th in sacks. 24 overall. I think rushing was 7th as well

  • Steve

    How about Phil Bennett?

    • AC

      I assume this is a joke. The Baylor stink on him is appallingly bad and any notion we have of us ‘doing things the right way’ would be immediately and permanently flushed.

    • Bbjd

      That idea makes me sick.

  • Paul

    Orlondo Steinauer
    Fresno State Defensive Coordinator

    FBS Top 10 Total Defense (yards per game)
    1 Alabama 260.4
    2 Wisconsin 262.1
    3 Michigan 271.0
    4 Clemson 276.7
    5 UTSA 287.8
    6 Georgia 294.9
    7 Michigan St. 297.6
    8 Washington 298.0
    9 Ohio St. 300.9
    10 Mississippi St. 306.3
    **** 15 Fresno St. 320.6

    FBS Top 10 Scoring Defense (points per game)
    1 Alabama 11.9
    2 Clemson 13.6
    3 Wisconsin 13.9
    4 Virginia Tech 14.8
    5 Washington 16.1
    6 Georgia 16.4
    7 Penn St. 16.5
    8 UTSA 17.0
    9 Wyoming !7.5
    ****10 Fresno St. 17.9

    Orlondo Steinauer was named Fresno State’s defensive coordinator on December 14, 2016. He enters his first season leading the Bulldogs’ defense after a seven-year career as a coach in the Canadian Football League with his most recent stop as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

    Steinauer began his CFL career as a player in 1996 and carried over a 13-year playing career into a coaching career where he vaulted up the ranks.

    Steinauer originally joined the Tiger-Cats as their defensive coordinator in 2013, and was elevated to assistant head coach (and defensive coordinator) prior to his fourth season with the team after a near historic defensive performance by his group in 2015.

    In 2016, the Tiger-Cats owned the second-most interceptions (17) in the league and tied for the second-most fumble recoveries (19). They tied for third in takeaways (44) and generated the second-most points off turnovers (131). Hamilton also accounted for 50 sacks last season, two short of the league-high.

    Individually, Hamilton accounted for four of the 12 East Division all-star positions on the defensive side of the ball in John Chick (DE), Ted Laurent (DT), Simoni Lawrence (LB) and Emanuel Davis (DB). Chick recorded 14 sacks and four forced fumbles while Laurent posted eight sacks – the d-line duo accounted for 22 of the team’s 50 sacks. Lawrence had the league’s fourth-most tackles (89) and Davis had the league’s third-most interceptions (5). Chick would later be named to the CFL All-Star team.

    Two seasons ago, the Tiger-Cats scored eight touchdowns on defense, including six interception returns and two fumble returns for touchdowns. The eight defensive touchdowns were the second highest total in franchise history (10 – 1971), and was exactly double the amount produced by the next closest CFL team in 2015, and nearly one quarter of the defensive touchdowns generated by the entire league. The unit’s six interception return touchdowns was just one shy of the CFL record set by the Toronto Argonauts in 2006, a team that Steinauer played on.

    Hamilton’s defense also accounted for the league’s most takeaways (52), points off turnovers (184), most interceptions (tie-26) and most turnovers on downs (15) in 2015, and generated the East Division’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in linebacker Simoni Lawrence, as well as four 2015 CFL All-Stars in Lawrence, defensive backs Craig Butler and Emanuel Davis, and defensive tackle Ted Laurent.

    In 2014, Steinauer’s defense ranked at or near the top of the league in numerous defensive categories, including fewest rushing yards per game (76.8, 1st), average yards allowed per rush (4.6, 1st) and fewest yards of net offense (5656, 2nd).

    Steinauer previously served as defensive backs coach for the Toronto Argonauts from 2010-12, and filled in as defensive coordinator on an interim basis for the final 12 weeks of the 2011 season. In 2012, Steinauer helped direct a stingy Argos defense that allowed opponents to complete just 58.8 percent of their passes – best in the CFL – while surrendering just 269 passing yards per game. The Argos also registered the second-most interceptions (24) and allowed the second-fewest touchdowns (27).

    In three seasons under Steinauer, the Argos placed five defensive backs on the East Division All-Star team and two on the CFL All-Star team, including first-year cornerback Pat Watkins in 2012.

    As a player, Steinauer captured two Grey Cup rings in 13 seasons as a dominant defensive back. After beginning his career with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1996, he would spend four years with the Tiger-Cats and eight seasons with the Argonauts. Renowned for his intelligence on the field, Steinauer was named an all-star at three different positions (cornerback, halfback and safety), earning six East All-Star nods and five CFL All-Star honors in total. His 1,178 interception return yards are the second most in CFL history.

    Steinauer began his coaching career in earnest in 1996 when he worked as the defensive backs coach at Western Washington, his alma mater, during the off-season – a role he would continue until 1998.

    A native of Seattle, Washington, Steinauer joined Sportsnet as their CFL Insider in 2009 and established ‘The Ozone,’ a foundation focused on improving the quality of life for those less fortunate.

    • Orlondo Steinauer
    Position: defensive coordinator
    Last stop: Hamilton Tiger-Cats (assistant head coach & defensive coordinator)
    Alma Mater: Western Washington (1996)

    Coaching Experience:
    2016: Hamilton Tiger-Cats – assistant head coach & defensive coordinator
    2013-15: Hamilton Tiger-Cats – defensive coordinator
    2011: Toronto Argonauts – defensive coordinator (interim)
    2010-12: Toronto Argonauts – defensive backs

  • Steve Mehl

    Because this is a vital position that has to be filled with someone with a great record of achievement, Mike Holder hopefully will open up the safe for this hire, whoever it turns out to be. Kudos to Mike Gundy for making the change. Now if he just will take off his rose tinted glasses to take a closer look at Yurich…. I am aware of the numbers the offense put up this season, but I cannot forget about all the bad play calling since he took the job.

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    I’d be in for Glasgow or Steinauer.

  • shams world

    GLASGOW OR BUST

  • OSUgary

    that is a very weak list with exception of Glasgow ….17 of his 25 yrs of coaching have been under Gary Patterson …. regardless of his OSU ties …. he’s been groomed by one of the best … hard to thumb your nose at that possible option available to us …

    • casemac0000

      Glasgow was canned as Techs d-coordinator after a year and everyone within the program pretty much hated the guy, so who really coaches TCUs defense?

      • OSUgary

        ummm … interesting backstory … i wondered why he was at TT only 1 year … figured he just wanted to be close to daddy Patterson … would think gundy does a personality test on every candidate …. lol …

  • Chris Gordon

    Lets hire Brent Venables as DC/HCIW.

    • stepdaddy

      This would be awesome!

  • Brian Cassens

    What about someone good? Like with DC experience and is croot savvy. We can afford to take the next step.

  • Rocky Dean

    Exceptional recruiter…B b+ play caller..works well with others

  • OKsailor

    The one guy on here that jumps out at me is Jason Jones. Seems like someone with success with DBs and the secondary would be great in the Big 12. Don’t like the VanGorder or Malone suggestion. Glasgow may be alright. Maybe Clements would be alright. I’ve heard people mention the Clemson DB coach as well, again that sounds like a good angle for success in this conference.

  • naedrdmk

    My guess is Gundy is searching the www for a guy from another regional college.

  • Chris Stover

    I would say Glasgow since he is under Patterson and has an idea for year and year been with Patterson. Has an idea about how to field a defense and TCU doesn’t recruit any better on D than we do. Yet they field at least respectable or decent defenses most years. Jason Jones is intriguing. I personally think our current corner coach hasn’t done a good job.

  • Chris Stover

    I would say in this order: 1. position coach for Alabama and promote him to D.C and I’m serious 2. Glascow 3 research other guys 4. Jason Jones (he actually did a great job with our corners and good recruiter)

  • PonchoPete
    • stepdaddy

      That is awesome. He rocking the mullet a long time before Gundy. He has way too much testostrone for Gundy! Gundy couldn’t even handle Monken. He would really make a puddle if Rob Ryan told shut up on the headset!