After 10 years on the staff, Oklahoma State has fired defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer.
Spencer was Gundy’s defensive line coach from 2008 through 2013. In 2013, he was promoted to defensive coordinator. His first season on the job was his best, when Oklahoma State ranked 19th in the country in scouring defense. That season, Spencer was nominated for the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant coach.
But after his first year finishing in the top 20 in scoring defense, Spencer never had his unit ranked in the top 50. Granted it’s the Big 12, but still, here were the Cowboys’ rankings for total defense the past five seasons: 53rd, 93rd, 100th, 92nd, and 79th.
The Cowboys finished up a disappointing 10-3 season and a win in the Camping World Bowl, their third straight 10-win season and fourth in the last five years. The squad finished 14th in the final Associated Press poll. But it was the kind of year where expectations were, at a minimum, a trip to the Big 12 championship game, and at best, a trip to the College Football Playoff. This year’s team allowed at least 40 points in four different games.
In a statement released by the school, Gundy said, “I’m very appreciative for the 10 years of loyal service that Glenn Spencer gave to Oklahoma State.”