Claremore Daily Progress

January 10, 2013

Breaking News: Reports say OSU DC Bill Young not returning next season

CNHI News Services

STILLWATER — Mike Gundy may be replacing another coordinator this offseason.

Reports of Bill Young's firing began swirling around the Internet late Wednesday when Pete Roussel of cited unnamed sources in reporting that Young will not return to OSU next season. Added Roussel in a Twitter post, “Look for (Mike) Gundy to promote Glenn Spencer.”

Spencer, who coaches linebackers, has been a co-defensive coordinator since the 2011 season. He called the defensive plays in several games this year in Young's absence due to health issues — one of which games included OSU's 59-38 drubbing by Arizona.

There has been no official word on Young’s status. Athletic department spokesman could not confirm if the report is true.

Young received support from his players following OSU's blowout of Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Young had stated after the game that he intended to return to OSU "if they'll have me, I'll be back."

“Coach Young is a great coach and we’ve got to have him back another year because next year we feel like is going to be our year,” sophomore linebacker Lyndell Johnson said. “We know it’s going to be our year, so we’ve just got to start from the first day of spring.”

Junior safety Daytawion Lowe added, “He’s a great coach. He goes out there and gives us the best chance to win a game on Saturday.”

Spencer may be trying to put a stop to the rumors with a tweet Thursday morning: "The only way the gossip, rumor, and opinion of the uninformed has a life is if it has an ear."