The reports say Spavital, 27, will hold the title of co-offensive coordinator along with running backs coach Clarence McKinney, who handled play-calling duties for A&M in its 41-13 victory over Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. Spavital previously worked as a graduate assistant on Sumlin’s staff at Houston.
He also has worked on staffs at Tulsa, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. Spavital has learned from some of college football’s most successful practitioners of the spread offense in recent seasons, including Sumlin, Kingsbury, Dana Holgorsen and Gus Malzahn. Among the list of productive college quarterbacks he has tutored area Houston’s Case Keenum, Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden and West Virginia’s Geno Smith.
A&M has yet to announce the hire but Spavital confirmed the move to CBSSports in its report.
_ Jimmy Burch