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Spencer glad he’s helping mold young lives each day

No cliches, not the least hint of an ego, just honest, well thought out answers. That in a nutshell is what a quiet one-on-one interview with Oklahoma State University defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer entails.

Tuesday night this writer caught Spencer at a perfect time, before the official program was to start and while things were at a much slower pace as he waited for his 20-ounce, 1 1/2-inch hand-cut ribeye to be cooked to a perfect medium rare. 

It  was a meal fit for a king but Spencer won't dare put himself on that plateau. No, after a few minutes alone with him at the back of the Altus Expo Center, I could sense this was a man who comes off much differently than right after a big football game such as my previous encounters with the veteran coach.

On this night we left the questions about who is going to start at linebacker or safety for the 400 or so orange-clad fans to ask. Instead we tried to delve a little deeper into what drives a man to coach college football.

One of the first things I wanted to learn was, what is the best thing about being a coach? After several seconds to ponder his answer, Spencer had this to say. 

"Every day I wake up knowing that I have an opportunity to make an impact on some young man," he said. "Think about that? I have the chance to help young people understand why it's important to make good decisions, to work hard together and to get a good education."

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