West Virginia officially hires Jake Spavital as offensive coordinator

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West Virginia officially announced the hiring of Jake Spavital as offensive coordinator on Saturday, a day after the news broke that he was leaving Cal to head to the Big 12 program.

"Jake brings a lot of ability and experience to the Mountaineer Football program," head coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement. "I have a lot of respect for the way he has matured and become an outstanding teacher and coach. He has a great approach to the game and his players enjoy playing for him."

The move represents a homecoming for Spavital, who served as the West Virginia quarterbacks coach in 2011 and 2012. Under his watch, Geno Smith finished fifth in the country in passing yards, and was taken by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

"West Virginia is a great place for not only me, but my wife, Meghan, as well," Spavital said. "Coming back to work for one of the best football programs in the country, work for my mentor and one of the best coaches in the country and be supported by one of the best fan bases in the country is special."

Spavital starred in the role of offensive coordinator in his only season with Cal in 2016, leading the nation's 22nd-ranked scoring offense, and coaching the nation's 5th-most prolific passer in Davis Webb.

With Spavital taking over as offensive coordinator, Joe Wickline will move to offensive line coach for the Mountaineers.

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