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New A&M Assistant Won’t Rein In Johnny Football

gfx - they said itNew Texas A&M co-offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney made it clear yesterday that he has no intentions of hindering Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel:


“We’re going to let Johnny do what he does best.  We’re not going to try and control him.  We’re going to give him the system and let him play football…

I don’t see a reason to change much.  We’re going to add some things to get better, but our philosophy offensively is to take what the defense gives us.”


McKinney has been with Kevin Sumlin since serving as his running backs coach at Houston.  In other words, he knows the offense and he knows how Sumlin wants it run.

Listen closely and you can hear a deafening sigh of relief emanating from College Station.


(CORRECTION — An earlier version of this story said that McKinney came to A&M from West Virginia after serving on Sumlin’s Houston staff.  In fact, it was Jake Spavital — the other co-offensive coordinator — who was hired from Dana Holgorsen’s staff.  Apologies.)

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A&M Hires Spavital From WVU As New O-Coordinator

mrsec-breaking-newsAccording to’s Bruce Feldman, Texas A&M has hired Jake Spavital as the school’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.  Spavital has been at West Virginia the past two years as the Mountaineers’ quarterbacks coach.

“I am grateful for the opportunity that Dana (Holgorsen) has given me in my career,” Spavital said.  “And I’m excited to get to A&M and continue with the success that they’ve had.”

Spavital has worked with Geno Smith at WVU and he previously coached Brandon Weeden at Oklahoma State.  Now he’ll be able to work with Heisman-winner Johnny Manziel.  Not a bad resume.

Spavital replaces Kliff Kingsbury who took over the head coaching job at Texas Tech this offseason.

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SEC Headlines – 6/10/11 Part Two

1.  Former MSU athletic director Greg Byrne recently asked Arizona fans — where he now works — to report any Wildcat NCAA violations they know about to Arizona’s compliance department.  (Time for some SEC programs to follow suit?)

2.  LSU might be facing Dana Holgorsen’s first West Virginia team this fall… rather than Bill Stewart’s last.  The Sporting News reports WVU is working to buy out Stewart today.

3.  Arkansas’ football staff are preparing to host the Hogs’ summer camps.

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Conflicting Reports On Holgorsen To UF

As we noted a bit earlier, there are reports that current Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio is interested in the head coaching position at Indiana.

Now add to those reports the rumor that Urban Meyer is already talking with Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen about taking the same job in Gainesville. has picked up the following from a report:

“From more than one source, we keep hearing it’s more than just a possibility that Dana Holgorsen, the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma State, will be leaving Stillwater to take over the same positions on the Florida coaching staff.  More than one source has indicated that talks with Florida head coach Urban Meyer escalated over the weekend and that it’s a distinct possibility that Holgorsen is heading to Gainesville very soon.”

Not so fast says

“There is a bogus report that is circulating that Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen has interviewed with Urban Meyer.  It’s not true.”

Oooh.  Two rumor sites are duking it out.

Fight!  Fight!  Fight!  Fight!  Fight!

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