Former Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital is expected to accept the same position at California, according to Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated.
The hire could be announced as early as Thursday, but comes more than a month after Spavital and Texas A&M “mutually decided to part ways” just days after a loss in the 2015 Music City Bowl.
Spavital, 30, spent three seasons with the Aggies after two years as a quarterbacks coach at West Virginia, where he worked with Geno Smith. In Spavital’s first season at Texas A&M, he worked with Johnny Manziel and helped lead the team to 44.2 points per game, but the offense regressed in each of the following seasons after the Heisman Trophy winner left for the NFL.
The Aggies averaged just 27.8 points per game in 2015 and both Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray transferred from the university after the season.
At Cal, Spavital will inherit an offense that averaged more than 500 total yards per game, but has the task of replacing quarterback Jared Goff, who is expected to be a first round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He will replace Tony Franklin, who resigned from the position and accepted the same job at Middle Tennessee State.
Texas A&M replaced Spavital with Noel Mazzone, who spent the last four seasons as the offensive coordinator at UCLA.