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USF’s Jeff Scott hires FAU’s Glenn Spencer as defensive coordinator

Additionally, West Virginia receivers coach Xavier Dye will assume the same job with the Bulls
Glenn Spencer, who has led defenses at several Division I-A -programs including Oklahoma State, is USF's new defensive coordinator/linebackers coach.
Glenn Spencer, who has led defenses at several Division I-A -programs including Oklahoma State, is USF's new defensive coordinator/linebackers coach. [ SUE OGROCKI | AP ]
Published Dec. 22, 2019
Updated Dec. 22, 2019

FAU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, the interim coach in the Owls’ 52-28 shellacking of SMU in Saturday’s Boca Raton Bowl, has been hired to run USF’s defense by new Bulls coach Jeff Scott.

Spencer, who also will coach linebackers, joins West Virginia’s Xavier Dye (receivers) as the first two on-field assistants hired by Scott. Arkansas strength and conditioning coach Trumain Carroll also is joining Scott’s staff in the same capacity.

“Glenn brings great experience and success as a defensive coordinator and I am thrilled to have him join our USF staff,” Scott said in a USF news release.

“With nine seasons as a defensive coordinator under his belt alongside his great ability to coach linebackers, Glenn will bring a physical, intense and aggressive style to our defense and a veteran presence to our staff.”

A former Georgia Tech defensive tackle with three decades of college experience, Spencer oversaw a staggering transformation of the Owls unit in his lone season at FAU.

The Owls led the nation in total takeaways (33), interceptions (22) and turnover margin (+21); and improved more than 40 spots in 10 defensive national rankings. FAU finished the regular season 48th in total defense (370.3 ypg) after finishing 88th (427.4) in 2018.

A couple of months before the ’19 season, his Twitter message to those millennial recruits who feel compelled to share their every move on social media went viral.

Spencer spent the ’18 season at Charlotte, helping mold a run defense that ranked fourth in Division I-A (88.5 ypg). Before that, he spent a decade (2008-17) at Oklahoma State, serving as defensive coordinator or co-DC those the final seven seasons. He shared coordinator duties with Bill Young in 2011 when the Cowboys (12-1) captured the program’s lone Big 12 title.

Dye, a receiver at Clemson from 2007-10, spent the ’19 season as receivers coach for the Mountaineers. He spent the ’17 and ’18 seasons as an offensive graduate assistant for his alma mater, where Scott was co-offensive coordinator.

USF Staff Hirings

Jeff Scott, head coach

Glenn Spencer, defensive coordinator/linebackers

Xavier Dye, receivers

Trumain Carroll, strength and conditioning