UPDATE: 1/11/2018, 2:18PM
Mike Gundy has confirmed that Glenn Spencer is no longer with Oklahoma State.
“I’m very appreciative for the 10 years of loyal service that Glenn Spencer gave to Oklahoma State,” Gundy said in a statement.
After rumors have swirled around for the last few weeks that there would be a shake up on the Oklahoma State coaching staff, Pistols Firing Blog is reporting that defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has been let go.
According to PFB, Spencer was let go earlier in the week, and he sent text messages to members of the coaching staff on Thursday letting them know the news.
Spencer has been involved with the Oklahoma State defense throughout the school’s most successful run in its history. He took over as the Cowboy’s defensive line coach in 2008 before moving to linebackers coach in 2009. He was then promoted to defensive coordinator in 2013. During that time, the Cowboys won the Big 12 in 2011, won the Fiesta Bowl that same year, and the Cowboys have rattled off three straight 10-win seasons.
Despite unrivaled success for the program as of late, it has been commonly thought within the fan base that in order to take the next step, a defensive change needed to be made. The Cowboy’s defense ranked 79th in overall defense this last season.
Still, as any Big 12 defensive coach will tell you, yards given up don’t tell the full story. Spencer’s defenses have relied on turnovers and creating more opportunities for the Poke’s offense. It’s tough to rely on turnovers though, and Cowboys ranked a putrid 89th in scoring defense this season.
It’s too early to know who the Cowboys have in mind to replace Spencer, which may be a concern for the 2018 recruiting class. At least 10 of the Poke’s 22 early signees are on the defensive side of the ball, and would like to know who their coach is going to be.
We are following this closely, and will update as more information becomes available.