Texas A&M announced Sunday it agreed to a mutual termination with Jake Spavital, relieving him of his offensive coordinator duties.
"I want to thank Jake for his time here and for his important role in our program," said Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin, per Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee. "He is a bright, young coach with a tremendous future in coaching and we wish him all of the best in his career."
Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com wasn't surprised to hear the news:
Worst-kept secret in CFB: Jake Spavital/Texas A&M mutually part ways.— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) January 3, 2016
GigEm247's Jeff Tarpley reported back in November that Spavital was unlikely to return to Texas A&M at the end of the year, so the announcement was a long time coming.
Spavital took over as offensive coordinator in December 2013 after spending time working with Dana Holgorsen at Oklahoma State and West Virginia. Arriving at A&M just as Johnny Manziel was departing, he was in a bit of a tough position.
The Aggies offense went from averaging 538.4 yards and 44.2 points a game in 2013 to 455.4 and 35.2, respectively, in 2014. The unit continued moving backward in 2015, posting 424.7 yards and 27.8 points per game. Charlie Burris of Fox Sports Knoxville previously argued the school would be more than justified in parting ways with Spavital:
If Jake Spavital doesn't get fired, A&M fans should throw him out of town themselves.— Charlie Burris (@Charlie_Burris) December 31, 2015
Whether the Aggies are better off without Spavital, his departure only adds to the amount of personnel they'll need to replace on offense after they lost their top two quarterbacks, Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen.
Finding the right man for the job is imperative for Sumlin after the Aggies have failed to build upon their 11-2 2012 campaign. Should A&M put in another disappointing season, Sumlin might suffer the same fate as his now-former offensive coordinator.