The most publicized relationship in sports right now may be the one between NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., but college football fans will be interested to learn that ESPN sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards and Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer are engaged.
Jeannine Edwards, the ESPN sideline reporter who covers college football and basketball—frequently the Big 12—is engaged to Oklahoma State Cowboys’ defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. Pistols Firing was the first to report the pair’s relationship, and an ESPN spokesman confirmed to Big Lead Sports the couple got engaged last week. [UPDATE: ESPN was aware of Edwards' relationship with Spencer.]
Move over, Christian Ponder and Samantha Steele, there's a new power couple in the reporting/football world.
Spencer was promoted to defensive coordinator in January after serving as the team's linebackers coach since 2009. He previously coached the defensive line in 2008. His former wife died in 2011 during a September game against Tulsa.
Edwards hit the headlines in 2011, when ESPN announcer Ron Franklin was taken off a Fiesta Bowl broadcast after derisively referring to her as "sweet cakes" in a production meeting, then later calling her an "a-hole" in the meeting (via Sports By Brooks).
Franklin was fired over the incident.
And who could forget Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney picking her up and twirling her around after his team defeated LSU 25-24 at the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year’s Eve?
With Ponder and Steele and Edwards and Spencer, we're starting to see the old "line drawn in the sand" between the media and the people they cover diminishing. And hey, as long as personal relationships don't provide a conflict of interest for professionals, it shouldn't be an issue.