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Monday, September 19, 2011
OSU coach leaves team after wife's death

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

In the middle of Oklahoma State's three-hour weather delay on Saturday night, Cowboys linebackers coach Glenn Spencer had to leave to be with his wife.

She died shortly after the game began, and Spencer has taken a leave of absence to be with his two teenage sons and other family members.

"We have a very close team and coaches and players that care about each other," coach Mike Gundy said Sunday. "We were concerned when Glenn left there during the delay.

"She was having a tough time and then when she passed away, it was difficult. There's no question about it. His family's here and they're doing as good as could be expected at this point. We move forward and everybody's thoughts and prayers are with their family."

Spencer's wife, Angela, underwent a heart transplant in February 2010 after a battle with heart disease.

He had been spending nights in Oklahoma City with his wife, while driving an hour north to Stillwater to be at the facilities for 8 a.m. meetings.

"It's one of the most impressive things I've ever seen," Gundy said. "She's had a really difficult time the last two years, and obviously was fortunate to go through a heart transplant and then have some really good months. And then things (did) not work out after that."

Spencer is not expected to be involved in game planning for Saturday's game against No. 8 Texas A&M.

"I just think that there's a certain time that family and what he is going to have to go through for the next week or so with his family and his boys," Gundy said.

"We have other coaches on defense and our players understand that there's adversity and things that we deal with in life and we find ways to overcome them. But he needs to be with them and he's free to stay and do whatever he wants to do. There's not a harder worker and a guy that wants to be here more. So, whenever he's ready to be a part of our team he'll be back."