Bears' hire Spencer as running backs coach

LAKE FOREST - The Bears need all-purpose type backs for their new offense, and they've hired a running backs coach with that type of background as a player and coach.<p>

Former Ohio State University running back and fullback Tim Spencer joined the Bears' coaching staff as running backs coach Tuesday after serving the past decade at his alma mater as an assistant.

Spencer's duties included mentoring Buckeyes standout running back Maurice Clarett as well as Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George.

Spencer is the third-leading rusher in Ohio State history, trailing only Archie Griffin (5,589 yards) and George (3,768). He was MVP of the 1982 Holiday Bowl when he rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the Buckeyes' 47-17 win over Brigham Young.

Spencer left Ohio State for pro football in 1983 and joined the USFL. He was the feature back for the Chicago Blitz his first year, then played for Arizona and finally Memphis before signing in 1985 with the San Diego Chargers after the USFL folded. He played for the Chargers as a starting fullback from 1985-90, then returned to Ohio State to finish his degree.

Spencer got into coaching in 1994 as a member of John Cooper's staff as running backs coach. He has been the backs coach to six 1,000-yard rushers.

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