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As we all know, HC Jake Spavital has his OC Bob Stitt and DC Zac Spavital in place. As we go through the coming weeks, I thought it would be good to have a post about coaches as they are hired and we can discuss them.

By the way, I wouldn't be surprised to see Bob Stitt also be his Associate HC title... which may be perfect for us. If things work out like we hope and within next 3-4 years we are eligible for 2-3 bowls, HC decides to pursue another position... could we be in a good spot to retain Stitt as HC. Possibly.

Per the HC Spavital radio interview he did yestrerday (keff posted link), it seems he'll take his time on assistant coaches and "recruit with 4-5 coaches" which seems like HC Spavital, OC Stitt, DC Spavital, Asst. Coach Antoine, and HS Coaches staff Stephen Hill. Considering our quick turnaround with early signing period, not bad group (especially when you consider Zac is only a year removed from being TT LB coach and recruiting coach in 2017).


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Zac should easily hit the ground running with recruiting. That's why I'm not too worried with Jake wanting to coach the Bowl game with WVU.

The one thing you can say about Withers is that he at least didn't leave a bare cupboard this time around, so a slight drop off in this recruiting class won't hamper the program like the train wreck of a transition that Withers created for himself that first year.


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like the train wreck of a transition that Withers created for himself that first year.


I think you mean Fran mostly created?


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And thanks 34, was hoping someone would create this!

HC: Jake Spavital - previously OC at WVU
OC: Bob Stitt - Previously offensive QC analyst at Okie State
WR:
RB:
OL:
DC/LB(?): Zac Spavital - Previously co-DC/LB coach texas tech
DL:
DB:
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Or however we end up filling it out. Just keep filling it in for reference.


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Bobcat.taxman wrote:
like the train wreck of a transition that Withers created for himself that first year.


I think you mean Fran mostly created?


Fran's last 3 years:

6-6
7-5
3-9

16 wins over 3 seasons . . . 2 seasons bowl eligible . . . Yet when Withers came in the squad was devoid of all talent . . .

I wasn't a Big fan of Fran . . . Hated his offense . . . Wasn't sorry to see him leave. But the idea that Withers came into a situation where the cupboard was totally bare is ridiculous.

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But the idea that Withers came into a situation where the cupboard was totally bare is ridiculous.

:shock: :shock: :shock:

2015 sunbelt all-conference players for txst:
1st team: none
2nd team: none
honorable mention:
bellard (sr)
carden (sr)
jones (jr)
melton (jr)

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Bobcat.taxman wrote:
like the train wreck of a transition that Withers created for himself that first year.

Yea, stop trying to push this narrative. It's been proven false many times.

The situation we were in was created by Fran, not Withers. The only thing I will concede is that Withers could have sped up the improvement by bringing in more JUCO stop gaps, but then we might not be in the mostly stable position we are in today.


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Go look at the 2015 roster and tell me what returners would start today:

I can name a few:
Tyler Jones
Lumi Kaba
Jordan Mittie
Ryan Melton

Might play but not start:
Brandon McDowell
Damani Alexcee
Gabe Schrade
Felix Romero

Fran most definitely left the cupboard bare...


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Saul Goodman wrote:
Bobcat87 wrote:
But the idea that Withers came into a situation where the cupboard was totally bare is ridiculous.

:shock: :shock: :shock:

2015 sunbelt all-conference players for txst:
1st team: none
2nd team: none
honorable mention:
bellard (sr)
carden (sr)
jones (jr)
melton (jr)



2015, the 3-9 season . . . and no post season accolades . . . I’m shocked (sarcasm).

You don’t reach bowl eligibility 2 of your last 3 seasons with a squad devoid of talent.

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and you, apparently, don't understand how calendars and eligibility work.

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Saul Goodman wrote:
and you, apparently, don't understand how calendars and eligibility work.


Ohhh, now I get it . . . Being bowl eligible 2 of 3 years has nothing to do with talent . . . it’s all about calendars and eligibility . . . Thanks for enlightening me.

So in Fran’s last year, we had no talent and he went 3-9.

But in EW’s last year, the cupboards are loaded and he went 3-8. Seems like with all that talent EW had his last year he might have been able to muster better than a 3-8 record.

Seems like him being such a fine recruiter and judge of talent he might have done better than 7 wins over his 3 year tenure. The fact that it only took him 3 seasons to equal Fran’s worst win total (3) must make EW a pretty shi**y Coach . . . Seeing as how EW was so talent rich in his final season.

So cupboard bare 3-9 (2 years bowl eligible)
Cupboard stocked for Spav 3-8. (2-10, 2-10, can’t spell bowl eligible) Got it.

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Bobkat34, and LSUBobcat, mind if I edit your posts to put the positions up in the header (might even do a twitter run for those wanting to read what the coach says/follow for recruiting information), and then like sticky it for a while?

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Go look at the 2015 roster and tell me what returners would start today:

I can name a few:
Tyler Jones
Lumi Kaba
Jordan Mittie
Ryan Melton

Might play but not start:
Brandon McDowell
Damani Alexcee
Gabe Schrade
Felix Romero

Fran most definitely left the cupboard bare...



You do realize that all of the key producers under Withers the first two years were recruited and on roster under Fran, right?


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Bobcat87 wrote:
But in EW’s last year, the cupboards are loaded and he went 3-8. Seems like with all that talent EW had his last year he might have been able to muster better than a 3-8 record.


I don't think anyone would say the cupboard are loaded right now, but I will definitely say there's some good talent on the roster. More than just having talent, they are underclassmen talent.

When Fran retired, I believe (please don't make me look it up) we lost a large chunk of our starters to graduation. Most of the rest left due to the purge, and I think he kicked... 2 off (guys off the 2 deep mind you).

So it's a bit different than when Withers was hired. Also will say... it's entirely possible that Spavital decides to do a purge himself (I don't think he will, but it could happen), so he could be starting with bare cupboard as well.

However, if we "need" 2 purges in under 5 years, we got a WHOLE other set of problems going on.

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