Originally created 12/16/03

Georgia Tech loses Spencer



ATLANTA - Glenn Spencer has left his coaching position at Georgia Tech to join close friend Ted Roof's staff at Duke.

Spencer, the Yellow Jackets' defensive line coach for the last two seasons, resigned from Georgia Tech on Sunday night. He is expected to join the Blue Devils' staff later this week at assistant head coach and potentially defensive coordinator.

Spencer told head coach Chan Gailey on Sunday night and broke the news to his players on Monday.

"He let us know why he's making the decision that he's making. He was real close to Ted Roof at Duke and he was taking a step up in his career by going to Duke to be assistant head coach. He thought it was best for his family and himself," defensive end Gerris Wilkinson said after Monday morning's practice. "Everybody understood but at the same time they were disappointed."

Roof was hired as Duke's head coach on Dec. 6. He had been the interim coach since Oct. 19 when the Blue Devils fired Carl Franks. Roof won two of his five games as interim head coach, including a 41-17 whipping of the Yellow Jackets on Nov. 8.

Spencer and Roof played together for the Yellow Jackets from 1982-1985 and coached together in 2001 at Tech. The two are very close friends. Spencer coached running backs that season before moving to defensive line coach. Neither Spencer nor Roof could be reached for comment on Monday.

SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina coach Lou Holtz has reportedly lost another assistant with receivers coach Charlie Williams leaving for Arizona and its new coach Mike Stoops.

South Carolina athletic spokesman Kerry Tharp said he had no information about Williams leaving, which The (Columbia) State reported Monday.

However, speaking on a WCOS-AM morning sports show, South Carolina offensive coordinator Skip Holtz said he was surprised by Williams' departure. It means the Gamecocks will have their fourth receivers coach in as many years. Todd Fitch coached the position in 2001 during the Gamecocks second Outback Bowl-winning season. Joker Phillips coached receivers in 2002, but left for Kentucky, where he's also recruiting coordinator. Williams joined South Carolina in January.

"You'd like to have some stability at the position," the younger Holtz, Lou's son, said.

All Williams would tell The State was he had an "opportunity to visit with Arizona in terms of a job that they have open."

Fitch was moved to quarterbacks coach and then among four assistants let go last month.

The other assistants who won't return are defensive coordinator Chris Cosh, offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and secondary coach John Gutekunst.

AKRON COACH: J.D. Brookhart was hired as Akron's football coach Monday after spending the past three seasons as Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator.

He replaces Lee Owens, who was fired Nov. 16 following a 7-5 season. Owens had a 40-61 record during his nine years with the Zips, including 31-41 in the Mid-American Conference.

Brookhart has been with the Panthers since 1997, first as tight ends and special-teams assistant and then as wide receivers coach before becoming offensive coordinator.

PEACH BOWL: Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer and his players gave many reasons Monday why this year's trip to the Peach Bowl is going to be different.

The No. 6 Volunteers (10-2) appear to be over their initial disappointment of being passed over by the BCS and the Capital One and Outback bowls and landing in the Peach Bowl for the second straight year.

Tennessee will play unranked Clemson (8-4) at 4:30 p.m. EST on Jan. 2.

The last thing Tennessee wants is a repeat of last year's visit to Atlanta. Those bad memories include having many players who couldn't play because of injuries and getting manhandled in a 30-3 loss to Maryland.

"We look forward to enjoying it again. We also look forward to playing much better," Fulmer said during the team's bowl media day. "I make no apologies, and I don't think the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl owes anybody any apologies. We're excited about the opportunity that we have."