It had been a few years since Spencer was fully visible during a game — 2008 to be exact, his first season at OSU. And he's going to stick with coaching from the sideline, noting the advantages of being close to the players in his new role outweigh the advantages of the press box view.
“For me, (it helps) to be down there with quick corrections and quick challenges to them,” Spencer said, “and just to control the, ‘Hey, what's this next series got for us?'
“I would do that in the box, but I wanted to look them in the eye.”
Even if that occasionally leaves Spencer vulnerable to being captured by television cameras during emotional moments.
POLL UPDATE: ALL AP VOTERS NOW HAVE COWBOYS ON BALLOT
After Saturday's 21-3 dismantling of Mississippi State, all the AP voters believe in OSU.
At least, believe enough to put the Cowboys on their ballot.
Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples, the only voter who left OSU out of his or her top 25 in the preseason, officially joined the party this week by ranking the Cowboys 19th.
Despite the convincing win, the Cowboys' No. 13 spot in the AP poll (and No. 14 ranking in the USA Today poll) did not change. But that was to be expected, as the only team in front of OSU to lose in Week 1 was Georgia, and the Bulldogs didn't deserve to drop that far for falling on the road to Clemson, a top-10 team with an early Heisman frontrunner at quarterback in Tajh Boyd.
John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader has the Cowboys ranked sixth, the highest spot for any voter. Staples' ranking of 19 is the lowest. The most common ranking was 14th, with 11 of 60 voters putting OSU in that spot.
BY GINA MIZELL AND BERRY TRAMEL