OSU Is Fortunate To Have Glenn Spencer

It just so happened that right before Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy announced the promotion of linebackers coach Glenn Spencer to co-defensive coordinator Thursday, Spencer was on may radio show at Buffalo Wild Wings. I had him on to talk about the competition at the middle and weakside linebacker positions this spring. We also talked about a few others things as well.

You see I have felt for a long time that Glenn Spencer is like a lot of student-athletes that you describe like this, "he or she is a really talented player but they're a better person than they are an athlete."

Spencer is one heckuva football coach, but he is a better person than he is a coach. Spencer is a tremendous husband and father (two impressive sons), and he is active in the community. His wife, Angela, is a heart transplant survivor, one year as of February. She is the honorary survivor for this year's Heart Walk at Boomer Lake on April 9.

One of the real pleasures with my job on the Cowboy Radio Network as sideline reporter is seeing Spencer and defensive coordinator Bill Young working with the defense at halftime on adjustments. Those two, along with Joe DeForest and Jason Jones, are as efficient a group on that as I have ever seen, and Spencer as the eyes up in the press box is a major part of it.

"You know that halftime deal, it's a dead sprint for me from the box to get down there," said Spencer on Thursday in commenting on the halftime adjustment work. "We've got about five minutes to get some things done.

"Bill is tremendous and anybody that knows him knows what I'm talking about. Just for him to trust what I see and the communication between us. He is calling the game and I am in his ear.

"Adjustments during the half and it's not just halftime, it's every time they come off the field you better be working on some issues, if you see a weakness or see them trying to hit us on something we have in our bags things to go to and you have to figure out which to go to without compromising something else. Bill is tremendous at that. At halftime between Joe, and Jason and Bill and I, it is a lot of teamwork going on."

Young, as reported, retains the title of defensive coordinator.

Spencer is entering his fourth year at Oklahoma State. He served as the defensive line coach at OSU in 2008 before taking on linebacker duties in 2009 and 2010. Prior to arriving in Stillwater, Spencer served as assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator at Duke, while also coaching the Blue Devils' defensive backs.

"The title is an honor," Spencer said. "We have a tremendous defensive staff. From day one, Bill Young has taken input from all of us. For him to recognize this and to want that title for me means a lot.

"Nothing is going to change in how we operate, but it's good to feel recognized for your contributions," he added. "To work with a guy like Bill Young means a lot. I love the chemistry we have as a staff in our room and we'll keep getting better and better as all these seasons go on."

In 2010, Spencer's linebacker corps included a pair of honorees. Shaun Lewis was the Big 12 Conference co-defensive freshman of the year and was honored as a freshman All-American. Senior Orie Lemon was a first-team All-Big 12 selection.

Spencer is a graduate of Georgia Tech and was a defensive tackle for the Yellow Jackets. He served as head coach at West Georgia (1998-2000) before returning to Atlanta, where he spent three seasons on the Tech coaching staff. He left Georgia Tech for Duke in 2004.

Spencer played in college for former NFL All-Pro center Bill Curry. He considers Curry a mentor for himself.

"This is more than a job for me. I consider this a calling," Spencer told myself and the radio audience.

Oklahoma State is real fortunate to have Glenn Spencer and this was a great move by Mike Gundy.

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