Texas A&M and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital have “mutually decided to part ways,” the school announced in a Sunday press release.
Spavital, who just finished his third season with the Aggies, has drawn heavy criticism in light of the team’s late-season offensive collapse, which culminated in part with the news that talented quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen would both transfer.
UPDATE: Allen went on Twitter to speak his mind shortly after the Spavital news became public knowledge.
My guy for life @JakeSpavital we'll be back on top soon ✊?
— Kyle Allen (@KyleAllen_10) January 3, 2016
Tate Martell, a 5-star quarterback in the Class of 2017 and Texas A&M commit, also tweeted after the news broke.
I'm 100% an AGGIE! ?? #GigEm
— Tate Martell™ (@TheTateMartell) January 3, 2016
Texas A&M averaged 27.8 points per game under Spavital in 2015 — good for seventh-best in the SEC — but the Aggies were held to 25 points or less in six of their final eight games, including a disappointing 41-23 home loss to Alabama that began the season’s downward spiral. It was during that stretch that Murray, a former 5-star prospect, reportedly went “full F-bomb” on Spavital on the sidelines.
“I want to thank Jake for his time here and for his important role in our program,” Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said in the statement. “He is a bright, young coach with a tremendous future in coaching and we wish him all of the best in his career.”
Sumlin, it should be noted, is “trying hard” to land an NFL job, according to NFL Network’s Mike Silver.
The school has already begun its search for Spavital’s replacement.
“I want to thank Coach Sumlin for an amazing opportunity in College Station and I leave here proud of our program and our accomplishments,” Spavital said. “I look forward to the next step in my coaching journey and I wish the Aggies nothing but the best.”