Texas State hires Jake Spavital as new head coach

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SAN MARCOS (KXAN) — Texas State didn’t waste much time in hiring its new football coach, announcing Jake Spavital as head coach on Wednesday via twitter.

Spavital takes over the Bobcats after two seasons as the offensive coordinator at West Virginia. This past season, WVU had the eighth ranked total offense in the country, the ninth ranked scoring offense and the third best passing offense in the nation.

He replaces Everett Withers, who was fired on Nov. 18, one game shy of completing his third full season. Under Withers, the Bobcats were just 7-28. They won just two games in his first two seasons and three this year.

The season ended with a 33-7 loss to to Appalachian State on Saturday.

The 33-year-old is originally from Tulsa, but has plenty of ties to Texas. From 2013-2015, he was on Kevin Sumlin’s staff at Texas A&M, serving as the offensive coordinator for his final two seasons in College Station. And in 2009, he spent one season at the University of Houston as a grad assistant.

Before arriving in Morgantown, Spavital spent two years at Cal in the same role. In 2016, his Golden Bears offense put up 50 points in a win over Texas in Berkeley.

Texas State will formally introduce Spavital at a press conference on Friday morning at 11:00 am.

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