Georgia Tech co-offensive line coach Todd Spencer is not expected back with the team, according to two media outlets, rivals.com and coachingsearch.com.
“We don’t have an announcement (regarding a change),” associate athletic director Wayne Hogan said Saturday.
If true, the timing is not beneficial. Coaching changes typically occur immediately following the season or after signing day. In the days leading up to signing day, which takes place Wednesday, the last thing a team wants to project to prospects is any sort of change or instability.
Prior to last season, Spencer was reprimanded by the school and suspended for the first game of the season by the NCAA for violating its rules about calls to prospects. Apparently acting under a misunderstanding of the rules, Spencer made 14 calls to prospects that were outside of NCAA boundaries.
Spencer was the recruiting coach assigned to Lanier County High defensive end Junior Gnonkonde, whose scholarship was withdrawn Jan. 20. Lanier County athletic director John White, who is also Gnonkonde’s legal guardian, said he was told it was due to low test scores, which White disputed.
White spoke glowingly of Spencer, saying he was the “No. 1 reason” why Gnonkonde committed and that he would have de-committed were Spencer to lose his job.
Spencer came to Tech with coach Paul Johnson prior to the 2008 season after serving as an assistant at Navy for the previous 11, six with Johnson. He helped the Yellow Jackets’ offensive line produce four of the most productive rushing teams in school history.