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WVU football assistant off to Texas A&M

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Dana Holgorsen's offseason keeps getting interesting. He'll keep looking for assistant coaches.

Quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital confirmed to the Charleston Daily Mail he will be reunited with Coach Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M. Spavital, 27, will be the quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator.

"It was a fun couple years," Spavital said. "I wasn't looking for a job and I was happy with where I was at, but I believe it's the right career move to do." 

WVU officials have declined comment, likely a courtesy to the Aggies staff with which the Mountaineers are friendly and to Spavital so that his new school can make the announcement.

Spavital has only been a full-time assistant coach for two seasons, both at WVU, where he tutored Geno Smith to record-breaking success. Prior to arriving at WVU as a graduate assistant in 2011, he was a graduate assistant for Holgorsen at Oklahoma State in 2010 and then two years before that at the University of Houston, where Sumlin was the head coach.

Spavital replaces Kliff Kingsbury, who last month was named the head coach at Texas Tech. Spavital also worked under Kingsbury when he was on the Cougars staff.

Spavital will go from coaching Smith the past two seasons to coaching 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, a redshirt freshman who will be on campus in College Station at least one more year.

It's less than ideal timing for Holgorsen, who now finds himself dealing with three openings on his staff. Today is the first day of the final contact period in the recruiting cycle. Spavital was especially valuable for the upcoming recruiting class for his lead efforts on many of WVU's top prospects on both offense and defense.

Coaches are allowed to make in-person off-campus visits up until Feb. 3, a one-day quiet period. There is no contact the following four days. National signing day, the first day of the 62-day signing period, is Feb. 6.

The Daily Mail first reported Tuesday that former East Carolina defensive coordinator and NFL cornerback Brian Mitchell as well as former WVU assistant Tony Gibson were in line to fill the two vacancies on the defensive staff. Sources said Thursday agreements are in place for both, but that each is currently going through the university's requisite human resources process.

Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at"> or 304-319-1142. His blog is at


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