Cal made a major coaching move on Sunday when it fired head coach Sonny Dykes just days before the end of the dead period.
And while some may see the timing as puzzling, there is one obvious candidate who could replace Dykes. That would be former Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.
According to Footballscoop.com, Spavital will serve as the interim head coach.
In mix to replace Sonny Dykes, #Cal OC Jake Spavital>Great recruiter & led nation's No 10 O despite having to replace Goff & top 6 receivers
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 8, 2017
Spavital is just 31 years old and would become the youngest head coach in a Power 5 conference should he get the job. Spavital was the quarterbacks coach at West Virginia for two years before joining Kevin Sumlin’s staff in the 2013 season.
He served as a co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for 2013, when he coached Johnny Manziel following his Heisman Trophy season. He was the offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015 for the Aggies.
On Jan. 3 of 2016, Texas A&M and Spavital agreed to part ways after two consecutive 8-5 seasons. This season, Cal went 5-7. Cal finished No. 10 in total offense this season.
Noel Mazzone replaced Spavital this season, but the Aggies still finished the season 8-5.