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More from Glenn Spencer: Doesn’t view DC duties as a personal opportunity

by Gina Mizell Published: September 4, 2012

Oklahoma State linebackers coach Glenn Spencer was promoted to co-defensive coordinator last season.

Last week, Spencer temporarily had the “co” taken off that title, as he handled all the duties of defensive coordinator Bill Young, who missed the Savannah State following an undisclosed medical procedure. You can read about those specifics here.

And, in a way, this was a personal opportunity for Spencer to show he could be the main defensive coordinator.

He doesn’t think of it that way, though.

“There might be a day for that down the road,” Spencer said. “I love that responsibility, but I love what I’m doing now and I love working with Bill. The biggest thing is just being around for him for years–a guy with that much experience and just learning from him. Not only his knowledge of the game, but how he handles people.

“So much of being that role is not only how you handle the players, but how you handle your staff. He’s taught me so much there. That’s another day and time. I really don’t want to entertain that now, because I’m just looking forward to him getting back next week.”

Spencer will have the same role this week and said he plans to stay in the box for Saturday’s game at Arizona. He came down to the sideline in the second half against Savannah State, but that was because the game plan was very simplified by that point and he wanted to be around the inexperienced players on the field.

“As far as looking ahead, taking away distractions, being able to see things and see breakdowns better, it’s better to call it from the box,” he said.

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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