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Jake Spavital Named Texas State Head Coach

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The West Virginia offensive coordinator is pegged to lead the Bobcats.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

The wait is over.

Just 10 days after Everett Withers was scrapped in San Marcos, the 33 year old Jake Spavital has been reportedly named as Texas State’s 18th football coach.

The former Missouri State Bears’ quarterback got his start as an offensive quality control assistant at Tulsa before moving on to Houston and Oklahoma State to work as a graduate assistant.

In 2011 Spavital became the quarterbacks coach for West Virginia where he coached future NFL draft pick Geno Smith. Smith thrived under Spavital, throwing for 8,590 yards and 73 touchdowns in the two seasons Spavital served as QB’s coach.

Texas A&M came calling next and Spavital joined Kevin Sumlin’s staff as the offensive coordinator in 2013, where he would coach Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

After mutually splitting with A&M, Spavital then served one season as the OC and then eventual interim head coach for California.

Spavital rejoined West Virginia as the OC in 2017 and in two seasons his offenses averaged 487 yards a game.

At age 33, Spavital will be the youngest FBS coach in the nation.

Many names had been thrown in the Texas State coaching mix including Houston OC Kendal Briles and Ole Miss OC Phil Longo.

Spavital will inherit a program that has gone 10-38 in the past four years.