Texas State hires WVU assistant coach Jake Spavital as head coach

Jake Spavital

COLLEGE STATION, TX – NOVEMBER 09: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies chats with his quarterback coach Jake Spavital before the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kyle Field on November 9, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Texas State has hired West Virginia offensive coordinator Jake Spavital as its next head coach.

Texas State announced the hiring Wednesday. Spavital succeeds Everett Withers, who was fired after winning just seven games in three seasons.

Spavital guided one of the nation’s top offenses this season as No. 15 West Virginia went 8-3 and had a chance to play in the Big 12 title game until a 59-56 loss to No. 4 Oklahoma.

Texas State plays in the Sun Belt Conference and has been playing at the FBS level since 2012.

Spavital has been an assistant coach for 11 seasons, with previous stops at Oklahoma State, Houston, and Texas A&M. He spent the last two seasons at West Virginia.

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