Jake Spavital, previously at Texas State, was named Cal’s new offensive coordinator Tuesday by head coach Justin Wilcox. Spavital was fired by Texas State on Nov. 27, where he went 13-35 during his four-year tenure and had an additional year remaining in his five-year deal. Spavital did not have a winning season during his time at Texas State.
The decision comes just under a month after Wilcox fired offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, along with offensive line coach Angus McClure. The Bears had gone 3-7 on the season prior to Musgrave’s release — after a 3-1 start — and played their remaining games, including the Big Game against Stanford. The rest of the coaching staff assumed Musgrave’s and McClure’s duties for the remaining games against Stanford and UCLA.
A new offensive line coach has yet to be named.
Spavital returns to Cal, where he was previously the offensive coordinator for just one season in 2016 under former Cal head coach Sonny Dykes. During that time, Cal’s offense under Spavital was 22nd in the country and finished the season in the top 15 in major offensive categories including total yards and touchdowns.
Spavital was also key in securing the transfer of graduate quarterback Davis Webb in 2016, with whom Cal ranked fourth in passing offense nationally. Webb became Senior Bowl MVP and went on to be selected by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Prior to Texas State, Spavital was the offensive coordinator at West Virginia as well as Texas A&M in addition to his season at Cal. As offensive coordinator, Spavital’s teams have finished in the AP Top 25 in seven seasons and reached seven bowl games.