Bill Young out as Oklahoma State defensive coordinator

By Chris Huston | College Football Writer
With Bill Young stepping down, Mike Gundy will have two new coordinators on his hands. (US Presswire)

Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young is stepping down after four seasons in Stillwater, coach Mike Gundy announced on Thursday.

He'll be replaced by linebackers coach Glenn Spencer.

Young came to Oklahoma State in 2009 after one year at Miami. His best year statistically was his first, when the Cowboys jumped from 94th in total defense all the way up to 31st. Subsequent seasons saw his unit give up a lot of yards and points in the offensive-minded Big 12, but they excelled at forcing turnovers. In his first three seasons, the Cowboys forced 108 turnovers, 17 more than any other team in college football. The 2011 defense forced a nation-best 44 turnovers to help OSU finish 12-1.

However, 2012 saw a significant drop in those numbers as Oklahoma State fell to 8-5.

Young has a good reputation and will likely land a job soon. After all, the schools listed on his resume are a who's who of college football, with defensive coordinating stints at Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, Kansas and Miami before his time in Stillwater.

Young's departure and the ascension of Spencer to his role means the Cowboys will have two new coordinators in 2013 -- offensive coordinator Todd Monken left to become the head coach at Southern Mississippi and was replaced by receivers coach Doug Meacham.

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