Path May Be Clear For Spence

by - Correspondent -

Miami, Ohio named Shane Montgomery their new head coach shortly before their bowl matchup with Iowa State. That announcement could have an impact on Clemson's offensive coordinator situation. Rob Spence, who has reportedly been in contract talks with Coach Tommy Bowden, had interviewed for the head job at Miami, Ohio.

Spence, currently the offensive coordinator/assistant head coach at Toledo, finished his season with the Rockets yesterday in a loss to Connecticut. Toledo starting quarterback Bruce Gradkowski was playing hurt the whole first half and was unable to play in the second half.

Spence runs mostly a spread offense with one back sets. However, Spence will stay dedicated to the run. Even when down early versus Connecticut, Spence did not panic and tried to establish the run. In the MAC championship game, Spence came out with eight straight running plays. On the ninth play, Toledo ran a play action bootleg for a 30 yard touchdown pass.

Spence is familiar with the ACC. Spence was an assistant coach at Maryland from 1992-96, during which time the Terrapins' wide-open offense set 70 school records. Spence was quarterbacks coach in his final three seasons at Maryland, helping guide quarterback Scott Milanovich, who broke several ACC and school records. In 1994, Milanovich led the Terrapins to a No. 10 national ranking in passing offense.

More recently in his three seasons at Toledo, Spence has been very successful in running his spread offense, especially with his quarterbacks. Spence has tutored three different quarterbacks in his first three seasons at UT, beginning with Tavares Bolden in 2001. Spence taught Bolden a brand-new offense, and the senior caught on quickly, earning second-team All-MAC honors and setting a MAC record with a 68.7 completion percentage. The Rockets ranked 13th in the nation in total offense (444.5) and 16th in scoring offense (34.9) on their way to 2001 MAC and Motor City Bowl championships. All-America running back Chester Taylor also thrived under Spence's system, gaining a career-high 1,620 yards and scoring 24 touchdowns.

Here is a look at Spence's personal profile according to Toledo's official website:

Rob Spence

Age: 45 (born 10-10-58)

Hometown: Middletown, Delaware

Alma Mater: Iona ('81)

Coaching Experience:

2001- Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Toledo

2000 Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, Louisiana Tech

1999 Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Hofstra

1997-98 Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, Hofstra

1994-96 Quarterbacks, Maryland

1992-93 Inside Receivers/Tight ends, Maryland

1991 Quarterbacks, Holy Cross

1990 Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, Hofstra

1989 Offensive Coordinator, Iona

1984-88 Head coach, Iona Prep School, New Rochelle, NY

1982-84 Offensive Coordinator, Iona Prep School, New Rochelle, NY

1981-82 Assistant coach, Pelham Memorial

Playing Experience: Iona (1978-81)

Recruiting Area: Northwest Ohio, New York City, northern New Jersey

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