Glenn Spencer Out as Oklahoma State Defensive Coordinator

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By Kyle Porter and Kyle Boone

Glenn Spencer is out as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, multiple sources told Pistols Firing on Thursday. OSU confirmed this news later in the day.

Spencer alerted the coaching staff of the personnel change via text message on Thursday. He had been the head of the defense since being promoted from within in 2013.

It is believed that Spencer was let go earlier in the week and that he was at the AFCA Annual Convention this week in North Carolina.

Spencer’s defense ranked No. 58 in the country in points per drive given up in 2017.

He was originally hired by Oklahoma State in 2008 to coach the defensive line. In 2009, he was moved to linebackers coach where he has remained. For the last five years he has been both coordinator and coached the linebackers.

Spencer was hired from Duke after coaching defensive backs there from 2004-06. Before that he was at Georgia Tech as a defensive line coach. Spencer also played defensive tackle at Georgia Tech in the 1980s.

His 2013 defense was one of the best in Oklahoma State history. From 2014-2017, they have struggled, though. The last four defenses have been worse, statistically, than all of Bill Young’s (Spencer took Young’s job in 2013).

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Spencer’s wife Jeannine Edwards, who was a reporter for ESPN, retired after the Cotton Bowl between Ohio State and USC at the end of 2017.

“I’m very appreciative for the 10 years of loyal service that Glenn Spencer gave to Oklahoma State,” head coach Mike Gundy said in a statement.

  • He’s a good man. Hate to see him have to go…but it’s for the best for the future of the program.
    Best wishes, Coach!

    • sjeffed

      Totally agree. Loved everything about him as a person and coach.

      • AverageJeff

        Same here. See above 🙂

  • AC

    …wow, I am just face-first in crow today, huh? I didn’t think that Gundy would do this, but clearly I was wrong. I know he’s a good guy, but there had to be a change to improve OSU. Now, hopefully we bring in someone that can coach well AND recruit well.

    • Pokeinchief

      Are we sure Gundy did it, or was this an AD call?

      • Vince Stephenson

        LOL

      • Or was it a Pickens call?

        • James

          It was AC’s call.

          • AC

            Man, I WISH I had that kind of power.

        • T-Bone

          Or Spencers call?

    • GeoPoke

      We should ride a tandem bike to all the crow stops. Use that extra energy and time on the crow.

      • AC

        I’m with you! I’ll admit when I’m wrong and I have been proven wrong twice today in the best ways possible.

  • Forever 14

    Great guy, great story, but in over his head at the level Oklahoma State needs to operate. I’m sure it wasn’t for lack of effort on his part, but sometimes things don’t work out even for great guys with great stories. I wish him all the best as he moves forward. Really.

    • SCPokes

      Very well said.

    • Doc Holliday

      In over his head reminds me of another coordinator we have

      • Scott

        The one with the #2 offense in the nation this year?

        • Doc Holliday

          Inflation. Just because he out talents the South Alabamas of the world……the guy gets out smarted by CMU for crying out loud

          • Forever 14

            MY does great against defenses that don’t adjust.

          • Doc Holliday

            Bingo

          • Pistol Pete

            Did you watch the CMU game? Rudolph couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn in that game. Go back and watch the game again. Our coaches did their job, the players did not step up to the plate. Don’t blame Yurcich for that loss.

          • Mr Barnard, Argument Clnician

            I totally blame Yurcich for that loss.

          • guest

            naw..i’ll blame rudolph’s sorry ass for that game

  • sean

    All the best to him. It was time for new blood.

  • Bdcoley3

    Wow! I honestly didn’t think it was gonna happen. I have always figured he’d go on his own terms. Best of luck to Coach Spencer!

  • Ok…he was an improvement from some in the Gundy Era, but the last two years seemed to be declining – particularly in the secondary.

    • TeaTown Cowboy

      A lot of the secondary’s issues were caused by not enough pressure, too much bend don’t break, no difference in looks. If we didn’t have a 4-man front we had a 3, never 5 or 6. Of course you’re not gonna rush that much but didn’t show opposing QBs anything different….EVER!

  • JeffB

    Good guy. It’s hard to defend keeping him though on that basis. I’d like to, but ……… (results)

    Oh yeah, so much for the plans for today’s podcast. Bet those are shredded now….

  • OK, where’s the celebratory keg of DNR?

    Seriously, though, who should be the new DC?

    • John P Stover

      Mike reed Clemson secondary coach. Made 420k last year.

      http://www.clemsontigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205879860

      • Not a bad choice, especially when you consider Clemson’s defensive performance the past few years.

      • Chris Putnam

        Honestly would that be enough of a step up? I mean this guy could stay at Clemson until a blue blood school offered him a DC job.

        • Kenny Bir

          If you wanna be OUTSIDE THE BOX… we should hire Matt Entz out of North Dakota State University… he’s also the LB coach as well..

      • Cross

        Tony Bates – DL Coach made only $250k, & in my opinion a stronger unit of their defense. Tony has only been in program for 1 year.

    • sean

      My vote is for Brian Jean-Mary. USF DC. Has ties to TX and FL and SEC country. Known to be a great recruiter.

    • austinpoke

      Rex and Rob Ryan as co DCs.

      • Gundy Forever

        I was name dropping Rob months ago, get to the back of the line!

        • austinpoke

          Ha! I’ll let you take full credit for the Ryan brothers. Pretty sure neither is on Gundy’s list.
          Would love to see the pressure their defense would put on opposing QBs.

          • Gundy Forever

            Rob was the DC from 97-99 and all 3 years he had a top 20 defense

          • austinpoke

            Very aware of their track records. My point was that I think Gundy wants someone he can control. I can’t see either Ryan brother wanting to work under Gundy.

    • Mbpokes

      Tyson Summers….he’s available. Great job at UCF. Bad deal at Georgia Southern. Unless Georgia snatches him up….

    • Cowboy

      Chad Glasgow from TCU. Pay him more than he’s making now. Played at OSU in the 90s. Bring him home.

      • Sonny

        I think this is the most plausible choice. He’s been picking Gary Patterson’s mind for 10 years.

      • guest

        he also failed at texas tech as a DC lol

  • Saucy Takes

    Love that dude hate his defensive production

  • KCOC10

    I wish him well, but this needed to happen.

  • Gallagher? I Hardly Know Her!

    Best of luck in the future Coach Spencer! Sad it didn’t work out and always enjoyed his interviews and personality. Hope it works out well for both parties!

  • Cory H

    He’s a great guy. I wish we could keep him on as a positions coach. Best of luck Glenn!

    • Which position?

      • T-Bone

        Special Teams.

      • Cory H

        I think he’d be good if he stayed as the LB coach if that was his only focus.

    • skipcook

      That’s like having you wife tell you she’s screwing your best buddy, but would to continue to be friends! Ain’t gonna happen. Spencer has more class than that.

      • Cory H

        What if you love your wife but you know your best buddy is better for her and could be a way better husband to her than you could ever be, despite your best efforts. What if the spark between you and your wife at first just isn’t what it used to be. You love her, but you aren’t in love with her. You still want to be a part of her life and you don’t want to lose your best buddy over it. This metaphor could be applied to Glenn Spencer. He could still be a part of the defense, he just isn’t the main man on defense anymore. It’s not about class, it’s about doing what is best for everyone involved.

  • OKsailor

    I echo the others in that I’m sorry it didn’t work out but this does make me excited about the future and Gundys commitment to taking the next step. I wonder who we will get?

  • John P Stover

    Go get the secondary coach from clemson!!!

    • Kenny Bir

      Matt Entz… NDSU.. go outside the D1 landscape.

  • sean

    the question is who would be the new DC. my vote is for Brian Jean-Mary. USF DC. Has ties to TX and FL and is known to be a great recruiter. But he is too close to Strong and might not accept the role.

    • AC

      That’s a great question but, I would think, Gundy likely already has the coach picked out and they’re working on contract stuff. I can’t imagine a scenario where Gundy would pull the trigger WITHOUT having someone at LEAST in mind, not to even mention having them ready to go.

  • Clay

    How does this affect the recruits we got on early signing day? Can they get out of their letters with this change?

    • AC

      Possibly, but I would think that, during the recruiting process, it was at least discussed that Spencer may retire or leave due to his wife’s retirement. Maybe I’m off-base there, though.

      • Chris Putnam

        I don’t think they even hinted that he would be gone.

    • TeaTown Cowboy

      Why would any of them leave now? 😀

    • Chris Putnam

      They are bound by their NLI, but could ask to be released, which Gundy would have to decide.

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    Personally, I have nothing against Spencer. He’s a great guy but he’s just not a good fit here. I wish him the best.

  • brentparkey

    How was Shippensburg’s defense last year?

    • Doc Holliday

      Comment of the year and we’re only 11 days in😂

    • TeaTown Cowboy

      Please STOP! 😀 LOOOOOL. He’s next.

    • Wayne from Forty One

      Damn, you beat me to it.

    • BA

      Definitely good news for whoever is the D-coordinator at the D3 school that leads the nation in total defense.

    • Ok – I guess I’m old, confused and stupid, but what in the world does MY’s old stomping grounds have to do with our DC???!!
      Spencer needed to go…I reluctantly admit. But…Yurcich? The comparisons fail…

      • brentparkey

        It’s just a joke.

  • zachattachone

    Definitely thought the Gooners would make a move here before we did. Go get a good fresh mind to get some new ideas in the program.

    • So you’re saying you don’t want Mike Stoops? 😉

      • TeaTown Cowboy

        Hahahaahhaha, LandThieves Nation’s favorite guy!

    • Colton Armstrong

      I think we’ll be making a move very soon. Rumors of MS landing somewhere else as early as tomorrow. All just rumors at this point, of course. But there’s a lot of smoke. You know what’s sad, is that I thought Spencer was a hell of a D coordinator. I guess one side effect of having MS as your DC is that every other DC in the nation looks NFL caliber. Best of luck to you Pokes!

  • Bbjd

    Best of luck to a great man and a coach who did it the right way.

  • Shams

    Needed to happen. Unforfunately it may cost us demarvin leal and marcus hicks since he was recruiting both of them

    • Chris Putnam

      I doubt we would have gotten either of them anyway.

      • SCPokes

        My guess is that Joe Bob Clements has been and will continue recruiting those guys, not Spencer. But, as Chris Putnam says, they’re both long shots.

        • Chris Putnam

          Isn’t every 4 star defensive player a long shot for OSU?

      • shams

        Hicks and leal are both heavily considering OKST. we have a good shot at landing both. Yall being too negative

      • PokeTX

        Leal is a 50% OKST lean according to 24/7 and hicks has okst unofficially in his top 3 based on the interest meter on 24/7

  • Chris Stover

    Great guy! Wish him the best but it was time. Unfortunately the defenses last few years didn’t get it done.

  • TeaTown Cowboy

    Spencer is a very nice, classy man but hallelujah! I’m glad, we can do MUCH BETTER, but will we? Hope the next guy is more aggressive, shows different fronts, stunts on occasion, let’s DBs bump receivers at the line on 3rd-and-longs and 4th down, etc.

  • Doc Holliday

    I love Glenn Spencer but maybe he was promoted past his potential. Can’t deny that his defense always played with passion and fire just maybe not always with disclipne. Can’t say the same about the OC. If Yurcich is still calling plays and ruining our quarterbacks this fall then I’ve officially lost hope for Gundy as the head man

    • TeaTown Cowboy

      Discipline wasn’t the issue, it was not having anything different from base. I’m kinda surprised our D played as well as it did what with virtually nothing different to show an opposing QB except an occasional blitz, usually by a LB.

      • Doc Holliday

        You’re probably right…I think he’s best suited as a positional coach. It seems to me he’s an outstanding motivator. His defense played pissed off alot

      • T-Bone

        Spencer always said he doesn’t have the players to do much defensively. I always thought that was crazy because if you don’t have the players, you better have a good scheme.

  • POISON66

    Super guy, not a productive DC. Wish him well. The new hire better be good!

  • Rick Patrick

    So is Yurich gone too, he really sucks, had such good weapons and doesn’t know how to use them

    • Saucy Takes

      Sucks so bad he had the nations leading passer and the first oc to ever have a 4000 yrd passer 2 1k WRs and a 1k back in the same year

      • Mullet Power

        and top 5 offense in the country. RUN HIM OUT OF TOWN!

        • Jacob Richardson

          And how many Playoff Apperances did we have to show for that big time offense….better yet how many B12 championships do we have to show for it? ZERO!!! MY got out coached by serval teams that we should’ve ran out of the stadium. It’s easy to produce a top 5 offense when you have the weapons he had, but all he has to show for it is mediocre bowl win after mediocre bowl win

          • skipcook

            Yep! Gundy and Yurcich: Produce the Kissing Your Sister Bowl.

          • Mullet Power

            worst argument I’ve heard yet.
            offense was all-time great, defensive was awful. Special teams were pretty bad too.
            But your argument is that OSU didn’t make the playoffs because of Yurcich??
            ok

          • Jacob Richardson

            You do realize we finished 10 spots above OU in total defense and they took Georgia to overtime in the Rose Bowl but guess what the difference between us and them was, they actually can in game adjust. Go back to the TCU game it’s 3rd and 16!!!! and we run a DRAW! That is just incompetent play calling so don’t sit here and say that our defense is to blame because I guarantee you that if Todd Monken is our OC we go undefeated and go to the playoff regardless of our defense

          • Saucy Takes

            None because we couldn’t outscore what the defense gave up. Why is it that the defense is allowed to play two good games a year and the offense can’t have one average night lights hold both sides of the ball to the same standard. We had the second best offense in the big twelve the first lost in the big twelve ship. Why because they had more stops and just a slightly better defense

          • Jacob Richardson

            Last time I checked it was the defense that gave the top 2 offense the ball back on two! Separate occasions to win the game and they couldn’t do it. again I say we finished ten…TEN spots above a team that went into OVERTIME in the Playoff in total defense

          • Saucy Takes

            Expand your scope to a body of work. The defense gave up so many big plays throughout the course of a game. The game is sixty minutes. If you are going to judge the defense on two particular drives let me choose two particular drives from the offense where they stepped up I have a lot to choose from

          • Jacob Richardson

            But the defense made the stops when they needed believe me I agree completely that it was time for a change but I also realize that over a course of 60 minutes Yurcich has no idea how to in game adjust and when he does it leads to the guy who was leading the offense on turnovers throwing to a guy that played QB in high school I’m sorry but I just don’t see how you defend Yurcich anybody who has had any offensive coaching experience at any level would produce a top offense with the weapons he had. But there is a difference between having a top statical offense and a championship offense and that comes down to how you coach that talent and Yurchich couldn’t coach

        • Tayvl

          Quiet down! Experts are talking here.

      • Dee Harper

        Did you watch the games?

    • Dee Harper

      He should be gone. Spencer was the fall guy!

  • Winning Comment

    Any shot at (OSU Grad) Glasgow from TCU?

    • SCPokes

      Yes

  • Winning Comment

    Northwest Missouri State only gave up 211 yards per game this season in D2, so… sounds like we’ll be hiring that coordinator.

  • two4osu

    I mentioned to several colleges he might be out when I saw the reports of his wife retiring. Just thought the timing…and all. Best wishes to both of them, they’ve lived under harsh lights.

    • Alec M

      Thats what I was thinking too

  • oSuJones

    This had to happen and I suspect it was Gundy who pulled the trigger….not Holder. I don’t think they are looking over Gundy’s shoulder, especially after the contract negotiations and his flirtation with Tennessee. I’m hoping he pulled the trigger on this because has a couple of candidates lined up. As much as I tire of hearing about the SEC, I think we look to poach someone there…..

    • skipcook

      Bump!

    • two4osu

      Maybe Gundy wasn’t on ESPN for the NC to provide color/antecedents/Gundyisms. Maybe he was conducting job interviews during the commercial breaks.

  • RyanO

    Ran into him a couple of months ago outside Hideaway with my dad and shot the breeze for a little bit. He seems like a really great person, but this was a change that has been needed for a while now. Hopefully this is the shot in the arm that our D needs. Best of luck to him.

  • Alec M

    Following his wife into retirement?

  • Gallagher? I Hardly Know Her!

    Can we all just pause to appreciate these gems?

    https://twitter.com/OKStateProbs/status/951543879827935232

    https://twitter.com/OKStateProbs/status/951545309427044359

    As though 247sports and RA was the most reliable source in the world….

    • Pistol Rick

      Probs is in full melt down mode on twitter currently.

  • Chris Baker

    I’ve never agreed with a decision I hated so much.

    By all accounts Glen Spencer is a rose among thorns as a person, but the difference between playing for a title and playing in the camping world bowl was the defense. We fielded a championship level offense and we lost three games at home, that just cannot happen, and when it does, change, no matter how difficult is necessary. I wish him all the best and I very much hope he finds a good fit for him at his next job.

    • AC

      I think that, for the most part, the common consensus is that he’s a genuinely good man who just didn’t get the job done. It’s not a ‘get out of town, we hate you’ feeling. It’s a ‘I wish you had done better because I like you’ feeling. As a man, he’ll be missed in Stillwater. As a coach, we couldn’t go another year with him at the helm.

      • Chris Baker

        Cosign.

    • DVoth

      Well said sir.

  • ckb24

    Cue Joe Bob to Defensive Coordinator in 3….2…….1…..

    • Chris Baker

      I was wondering about that myself. Do they promote within, Joe Bob being the obvious choice and given how he’s done greatly improving our DL since his arrival, not a bad choice. The other person I keep hearing about is the DB coach from Clemson. I would be happy if we gave JBC his shot, but if we can retain him and bring in a talented DC, I’m all for that as well.

      • skipcook

        Only problem with, “a chance”, is it costs us another 3-5 years of our D’s future it it doesn’t work. There should be enough $$ to bring in a stallion not a yearling.

        • Chris Baker

          There are fewer teams doing worse than we are than are doing better, so statistically, we have a better chance to move up than move down. His two best years were his first year 53rd or something and his last year 79th, which book-ended three years of 90th-100th. I’m not pretending that a bad hire won’t be catastrophic, but the status quo means we can win seven games if we have a good offense, and we can win 10 or 11 with literally one of the best offenses in the nation. We can’t hammer MY like we have and not at least admit to reality when it comes to Spencer.

    • tomg

      First comes the mullet, second comes the the rattlesnake hunting, and the trifecta is completed by having a DC named Joe Bob.

  • Iceman

    We better bring in a serious dude to replace him. Can’t deny that the defense cost us badly most games but the dude’s terrible defense was still above average playing in a conference that plays offense better than any other. Not just anybody is gonna come in and do better. Better have a plan or at least some big time cash.

  • Tre

    Hell I would take the linebackers coach from Georgia or the DB coach at Clemson. I think what is going to happen is they will most likely try to poach a Texas or TCU position coach. If not they may be able to go after the others.

    • T-Bone

      What was that guys name.. Bill Walsh? No, JW Walsh. He is with TCU.

  • jt

    Good man but it was time for a change. Best wishes to him.

  • Bryan Cauthon

    I hope he enjoys success in whatever he chooses to do next. Seemed to be a very good man.

  • GoPokes

    Mike Gundy will call the defense now.

    • Andrew

      Haaaaaaale nah

    • skipcook

      Oh sh**t. A fate worse than death. Chinese Water Torture.

  • Brian Cassens

    DAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!!!! It actually happened. Love Glenn but this is needed. Cheers good man.

  • Okstate2011

    Now lets go hire a DC from a D2 school….

  • Pistols Planner

    I love Glenn, but hopefully we can find someone better. Our turnover game was great, but our lack of fundamental tackling skill was atrocious.

    • skipcook

      beyond atrocious.

  • davids

    Now is the time to try and land a really good DC! Good luck to Coach Spencer! Always thought he was a class act.

  • BA

    I enjoyed his passion, but his time was probably up. However this could end up a win-win for both parties. He will get a job outside of the Big 12 and hopefully have success. However to compete at a high level, it was time for a change.

    Good luck coach!

  • StillOriginal

    This move for a new defensive coordinator could take the program to the next level in terms of elevating the program as a whole. I feel like they are going to promote from within.

    • AC

      You’re probably right. I just would love to bring in new blood that is not associated with OSU in any way. Someone with a different perspective that can shake things up a bit. I don’t know who, but I’d prefer someone outside the alumni base.

  • AvidLunchableEater

    GREAT HUMAN! AVG coach. Best of luck to him on the rest of his journey. Give me any assistant from bama, auburn,Georgia, or Clemson. PLEASE! Let’s change the culture!!! Defense wins!

  • Wayne from Forty One

    He’s a good man, but bidness is bidness

    • skipcook

      As “they’ say, nothin persnal, just bidness.

  • Kenny Bir

    Wonder if he was offered to stay as the LBs coach or if he really wants to keep coaching in a bigger role? Felt he did a good job with Lbs, just could never get over the hump to turn us into a contender rather than a dark horse.

    Hopefully he gets picked up and continues to be a great role model for student athletes!

  • Winning Comment

    Neal Neathery (from Stillwater) was great for Eastern Michigan this year.

  • Scott

    Not as out of the box as Shippensburg but what about North Dakota State’s coordinator? I think our program has progressed enough that we can poach from the fcs level instead of division 3 now.

  • AverageJeff

    I really likeed watching him coach from the sidelines and he seemed to love his players and the game. Can’t fault him for that. Wish him well.

  • Cross

    Tony Bates – DL Coach for Clemson. He is running one of the best Defensive Units in College Football. He is new to Clemson, but did a great job as well at Jacksonville State & we could afford to double his salary!!

  • SirAwesome

    There needs to be one more change made on the other side of the ball.

    • skipcook

      Two Shopping adventures in one off season is likely a little too taxing on Mike Gundy. He has some stats cover for the OC.

  • WN

    Unless I missed, it nobody has mentioned Doug Gottlieb. Wake up Pokes Nation!!!!

    Gundy always throws me a curveball. Either after the OU game or at the end of the season, didn’t he say he liked the direction the D was going? And now the DC is out. But, I’m not complaining.

    As as many others have already said, all the best to Spencer.

  • Dee Harper

    Glenn Spencer is the FALL GUY! I agree that our defense didn’t play as well as we would have hoped for, but what happened to our elite offense? We sat home from the CFP due to our offense not cutting it. If Spencer was fired, Yurcich should have been fired too because when it came down to it the offense did not get the JOB done. We were gifted with one more golden opportunity in both the OU and KSU games, but we did not seal the WINS! Why? It wasn’t because of Spencer!

    • Brad Walthall

      If you score 52 points in regulation, and you lose… the offense was definitely not the problem. Did the offense have a chance to bail the defense out? Absolutely. But, the defense shouldn’t have put them in that position to begin with. Allowing 62 points in one game to be scored on us was the problem.

      • Dee Harper

        The same can be said for the other team’s defense. Bottom line, our stellar offense should have bailed us out when given the chance.

    • skipcook

      You must be related to Glenn.

      Not sure where this piece gets it stats. But oddshark.com has his overall in 2017 at #78; Against the Run: #39th and against the pass:118th. All that begs the question: Who the hell would run against us, when the pass was always a piece of cake.

      • Dee Harper

        Definitely not kin to him. Didn’t we have a young defense? What did we expect from a young defense? The offense was supposed to their job, without fail.

    • Mullet Power

      where do you people come from?
      special teams sucked. defense sucked. offense was top 5.
      it’s hard to beat a team when they score at will. i don’t get why that’s so hard to understand.

      • Dee Harper

        We should have been able to score at will too!

  • Usetobe Cowboyfan

    Ok, now I’m excited. Now all we need is a guy who do three things.
    1) Be creative
    2) Adjust
    3) Recruit

  • FreeDrop

    I’ll take the best possible recruiter in the Dallas area.

  • Josh Roberts

    Van Malone as his replacement

    • AC

      Oh, I hope not. He wasn’t good enough to go along with Chad Morris to Arkansas OR good enough for Sonny Dykes to retain at SMU. His recruiting area literally is just what we already have and he would add nothing new to the system. Hard pass.

  • skipcook

    Wow, HCMG is awake after all. Now he has to go shopping. He hates to shop. Life is hard when you’re strapped to a $5 Million stipend. Maybe he can back out that last $675K and add it to Spencer’s drag and get a real HOSS.

  • Troy

    I know Glen had to go, but I was really hoping it would be because someone else hired him.