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Report: West Virginia’s Spavital to Texas State

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Jake Spavital and Will Grier. — WVU PHOTO

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia is losing its offensive coordinator, according to reports circulating Wednesday.

The American Statesman (Austin, Texas) indicated first that Jake Spavital has reached a deal to become the next coach at Texas State after WV MetroNews reported West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons hinted at Spavital's departure.

“If he has the opportunity and wants to be a head coach, then that’s understandable. … Jake’s done a great job for us, and if the right job comes along, then I wish him the best,” Lyons told MetroNews. “If not, that’s ultimately between him and Dana, and we’ll look at the assistants’ and coordinators’ agreements come January.”

Spavital declined to comment on the deal as West Virginia is preparing for its bowl game as the season ends this weekend.

Under Spavital this season, West Virginia's offense gained 5,724 yards on 796 plays in 11 games, an average of 520.4 yards per game and 7.2 per play. The yards per game ranked second in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma.

West Virginia's passing offense led the Big 12 this season with 358.1 per game, helping Will Grier become a Heisman Trophy contender even after a slew of rough outings.

West Virginia's 42.3 points per game is expected to hold throughout the bowl game, which would put it as the highest total in school history.

Though typically able to gain yardage, Spavital's play-calling came under fire from fans for much of the season, namely in West Virginia's loss to Iowa State when the team gained just over 150 yards and again when the Mountaineers blew a 17-point lead in the second half against Oklahoma State.

Dana Holgorsen even noted that a designed quarterback run call against Oklahoma State was "stupid."

Texas State, however, ranks 123rd nationally with 19.8 points per game this season.

Since Texas Tech fired Kliff Kingsbury as coach after three straight losing seasons, rumors have circulated that the former Holgorsen prodigy could rejoin him as West Virginia's offensive coordinator. There's yet to be any substance to those rumors.

According to records, Spavital made $500,000 this season His 2019 salary is listed at $550,000.

 

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