Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy has announced that defensive coordinator Bill Young will not return next season. OSU linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer will be elevated to defensive coordinator.
"We are appreciative of everything Coach Young has done for us over the past four years," Gundy said, "but we are also excited about heading in a new direction with our defense."
Spencer just completed his fifth season at OSU. He is a 1987 Georgia Tech graduate and came to OSU after spending the 2004-2006 seasons at Duke, where he served as assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and secondary coach.
According to a report on The Tulsa World website written by OSU football beat reporter Jimmie Tramel, Young's departure from the Oklahoma State staff was almost a year in the planning.
According the Tramel's story, Young did not receive a contract extension after the 2011 Big 12 Championship season as did other Oklahoma State assistant coaches.
Young spoke to Gundy about it last February and was told by Gundy that he thought Young was going to coach several seasons upon his return to his alma mater and then retire meaning an extension was not necessary. Young told the World that he told Gundy he had not intention of retiring. He also said he has no intension of retiring now and plans to continue his coaching career elsewhere.
"I'm not retiring," Young told The Tulsa World. "I'm not a quitter. I feel like I can coach several more years."
According to the story, Young and Gundy agreed to disagree on whether Young should continue in his role as defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State. They mutually agreed that Young's last season at Oklahoma State would be 2012.
"We had a good discussion," Young said to Tramel in an interview, adding that he is not mad at Gundy. "I told him if he wouldn't mind, please don't put this (information) out there until I have time to finish the season and look for a new job."
Young went on to say that Gundy agreed to that. The report on coachingsearch.com made the information public and all media outlets covering Oklahoma State and college football picked up on it. The report made it impossible to continue the situation which would likely have gone on until after recruiting signing day on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Glenn Spencer, the new coordinator, has not commented, but in the past has told me how much he admires and is loyal to Young. The two coaches worked very well together and worked closely as defensive coordinator and co-defensive coordinator.
Spencer is a bright defensive mind, an excellent recruiter, and a very effective motivator. Spencer took over the reigns of the defense during the first two games this season when Young had a procedure to remove an aneurysm between his eyes.
Spencer coordinated the defense using Young's defense, which will change some under Spencer. Spencer's primary defensive influences would include Don Lindsey, who was his defensive coordinator when he played at Georgia Tech; Larry New, his defensive line coach at Georgia Tech; Jon Tenuta, the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech and also several other prominent schools, and Young.
Spencer has also worked with current Florida head coach Will Muschamp and coached under new Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof when Roof was head coach at Duke.
Spencer has told me that some of his defensive philosophies are his own and that he would have his own style of defense if and when given the opportunity to be a defensive coordinator at the Division I level.
Now the former West Georgia defensive coordinator and head coach that has coached every defensive position group at the Division I level has the opportunity to put it all together at Oklahoma State.