Report: Spavital Will Not Be Back Next Season

According to Gigem247, Jake Spavital will not be A&M’s offensive coordinator in 2016.

“We’ve been told that Spavital will not be back and the tenures of others on the staff will depend on how A&M finishes up both the season on the field and recruiting. The newcomers to the staff over the past couple of years as well as special teams coordinator Jeff Banks are probably the safest. That’s because people have seen improvement the physical play of the receiving corps as well as the coverage and tackling among the defensive backs. The defensive ends have been a strong point and Banks’ special teams have been among the best in the SEC this season.”

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Spavital quickly rose through the coaching ranks in the past 5 years. In just 2010, he was a graduate assistant for Oklahoma St. After serving as quarterbacks coach at West Virginia (2011-2012), Sumlin offered him A&M’s offensive coordinator opening following Kliff Kingsbury’s departure.

Clarence McKinney served as playcaller in 2013, but that responsibility was handed to Spavital in 2014. Since then, the Aggie offense has regressed in total yards and points per game, a decline that was initially expected following Johnny Manziel’s departure. But two years later, the offense continues to trend in the wrong direction.

Year NCAA Rank Yards/Game Points/Game
2012 2 559 44.5
2013 9 538 44.2
2014 32 455 35.2
2015 54 417 29.7

It will be interesting to see where Sumlin looks to fill the offensive coordinator position. Names like Steve Spurrier and Mark Mangino will certainly be talked about. However, Gigem247 says to keep an eye on UCLA’s Noel Mazzone. After pulling in Chavis last offseason, Sumlin has certainly proven that he can bring in a big name.

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