ARIZONA CARDINALS

Report: Cardinals interested in Texas State coach Jake Spavital as OC

Jan 9, 2019, 11:11 AM | Updated: 6:21 pm

Kliff Kingsbury appears to be going all-in toward molding the Arizona Cardinals’ scheme into something resembling an elite college football offense.

According to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, Kingsbury and the Cardinals are interested in Texas State head coach Jake Spavital for the team’s offensive coordinator opening.

Spavital was named Texas State’s head coach on Nov. 28, 2018, and spent the 2018 season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for West Virginia under coach Dana Holgorsen.

The 33-year-old Spavital worked with Kingsbury on the Houston staff in 2009, when Spavital was a graduate assistant and Kingsbury was an offensive quality control coach. The Cardinals’ offensive coordinator candidate is familiar with current Cardinals and former Texas A&M products Christian Kirk, Ricky Seals-Jones and Brandon Williams.

Spavital succeeded Kingsbury as Texas A&M co-offensive coordinator in 2013, directing an Air Raid offense while working under Kevin Sumlin, who is now the Arizona Wildcats’ head coach.

Along with Holgorsen and Sumlin, Spavital has also coached under current Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn with Tulsa as an offensive quality control coach in 2008 and Sonny Dykes as Cal’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2016.

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