John E. Hoover: Oklahoma State fires defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer

John E. Hoover: Oklahoma State fires defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer

Oklahoma State’s defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer celebrates with linebacker Devante Averette during a game in 2016. Spencer was fired on Thursday. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

Oklahoma State has parted ways with defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer.

OSU coach Mike Gundy announced Spencer’s firing in a three-paragraph press release Thursday.

“I’m very appreciative for the 10 years of loyal service that Glenn Spencer gave to Oklahoma State,” Gundy said.

Fan blog first reported Spencer’s firing earlier on Thursday afternoon, and The Franchise sources confirmed the report. According to Pistols Firing, Spencer was let go last week and let the coaching staff know Thursday via text message he would not be retained.

Spencer, 53, joined Oklahoma State staff in 2008 as defensive line coach and was Gundy’s longest-tenured assistant. A native of Douglasville, Ga., Spencer previously coached at Duke and Georgia Tech (his alma mater), as well as West Georgia, where he was head coach from 1998-2000 and went 28-7 with two Division II playoff appearances. In Stillwater, Spencer coached OSU linebackers from 2009-17 and has been the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator since 2013.

Spencer’s defense ranked No. 79 nationally this season in total defense, allowing 409 yards per game, and 85th in scoring defense, giving up 29.4 points per game.

Spencer’s wife, ESPN sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards, announced her retirement from broadcasting on Dec. 26.

She said then, “I’m looking forward to some nights now where we can see each other and we’re not passing each other in the airport.”


Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “Further Review with Hoover & Rew” and can be heard every weekday on The Franchise in Tulsa from noon to 3 p.m. with co-host Lauren Rew. In Oklahoma City, catch him Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:25 and every Friday afternoon at 4:05. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Visit his personal page at


Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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