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Report: Spavital Leaving WVU for A&M

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West Virginia football will not only be grooming a new starting quarterback for the coming season, but it will also be without its coach for the position. 

According to a report from CBSSports.com, Mountaineer quarterback coach Jake Spavital is leaving WVU to accept a role as quarterback coach and co-offensive coordinator with Texas A&M. 

Spavital, 27, has been with West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen since he graduated from Missouri State, where he played quarterback. He was a graduate assistant at Houston when Holgorsen served as offensive coordinator under Kevin Sumlin, who know leads the way at A&M. 

The Aggies just wrapped up an 11-2 season in which their freshman quarterback, Johnny Manziel, won the Heisman Trophy. Spavital will now replace Kliff Kingsbury as Manziel's coach. Kingsbury was hired to take over for Tommy Tuberville at Texas Tech, his alma mater. 

In two seasons working with Spavital, WVU quarterback Geno Smith rewrote the program record books with 8,590 yards and 73 touchdowns with just 13 interceptions. 

Smith is expected to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft with many scouts rating him as their top quarterback in the upcoming class. 

"I am grateful for the opportunity that Dana has given me in my career," Spavital said to CBSSports.com. "And I'm excited to get to A&M and continue with the success that they've had."

Holgorsen is expected to meet with his staff on Friday before a team meeting on Sunday as the Mountaineers return from winter break to begin a new semester. 

Spavital, a Tulsa, Okla. native, also served as an offensive graduate assistant at Tulsa and Oklahoma State. 

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