Many were surprised by Monday’s firing of defensive line coach Sean Spencer by Florida Gators coach Billy Napier. And until Saturday morning Spencer, who also served as the-defensive coordinator, hadn’t posted anything on X, the app formerly known as Twitter, since prior to the team’s season finale.
But at 11:25 a.m. ET, he Tweeted this message: “I have been on an amazing journey throughout my career. From Div 3, Div 2, FCS, FBS and the NFL. Every player and Coach that has ever came in contact with me knows that I give them every ounce of energy that I have to the athlete and the program. I believe in the relationships with the families.
I believe in the relationships with the players. I believe in the pure keep it 100 mentality in communication. A Fierce competitor and always chasing perfection. Built for the battle and never afraid of the fight. You move from one job to the next in this profession and make lasting relationships that continue beyond the field.
The Journey will continue and I will continue to affect lives and mentor players to be great in all aspects of the game of life. You learn something whereever you are good or bad. Just know that I will continue to be me and I will continue to help players reach their goals and dreams.
CHAOS. Command Heart Achieve Outstanding Success.
Love the Game it will love you back. See y’all soon.”
Prior to arriving in Gainesville, Spencer was defensive line coach for the New York Giants. He also served as defensive line coach at Penn State (2014-19), Vanderbilt (2011–2013) and Bowling Green (2009–2010), among other schools.
Spencer’s contract was set to expire at the end of January.
While Florida’s defense struggled greatly at times in 2023, the Gators did play several young defensive linemen who showed promise. Spencer was heavily involved in the recruitments of those players.
Additionally, he helped the Gators bring in defensive lineman Cam Jackson, a transfer from Memphis who was one of Florida’s most productive players in 2023.
The day the Gators dismissed Spencer, Napier also parted ways with secondary coach Corey Raymond. After 10 years at his alma mater, LSU, where he produced seven first-team All-Americans and 14 NFL Draft picks, Raymond came to Florida to join Napier’s inaugural staff as the cornerbacks coach and assistant head coach on defense.
Raymond has yet to publicly comment about his release.