College News Tracker

Follow the Dave Campbell's Texas Football college news tracker for news and updates from all 47 college football teams in Texas.

Nov. 28, 2022

  • Darrell Dickey out at Texas A&M: Change is necessary following a five-win season that started with a sixth-place ranking in the AP Poll. The first domino to fall is offensive coordinator and tight end coach Darrell Dickey. He joined Jimbo Fisher's staff in 2018. Speculation is that Fisher will hire an offensive coordinator this cycle to take over play calling duties for an Aggies unit that struggled for most of 2022. TexAgs was first to report. 
  • Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has confirmed that Justin Carrigan will step down as head football coach at UT Permian Basin following seven years with the Falcons. Carrigan was hired as the program’s first head coach in early 2015 and departs with a 26-45 overall record, including a 5-6 record in 2022. The Falcons were close to finishing towards the top of the Lone Star Conference this season, but last-minute losses to West Texas A&M (28-27), Texas A&M-Kingsville (13-10), and Midwestern State (24-23) derailed what would've been another historic season for the Falcons.

  • Ashtyn Hawkins enters transfer portal: A cascade of players are sure to leave the Texas State program following the firing of head coach Jake Spavital. The first big piece to announce his intentions to transfer was Hawkins, the team's leading receiver in 2022. The sophomore from DeSoto caught 56 passes for 587 yards and seven touchdowns this season. 
  • Layne Hatcher enters transfer portal: Hawkins wasn't the only Texas State starter to hit the transfer portal on Monday afternoon. Starting quarterback Layne Hatcher also entered his name after taking every snap for the Bobcats in 2022. The former Alabama and Arkansas State signal caller passed for 2,653 yards and 19 touchdowns while completing 62 percent of his passes. 

Nov. 27, 2022

  • Texas State fires Jake Spavital: Texas State is parting ways with head football coach Jake Spavital following the Week 13 loss at home to Louisiana, as first reported by Football Scoop's Zach Barnett. The Bobcats finished the season at 4-8 overall and 2-6 in the Sun Belt. They never finished with a .500 or better record in the four seasons under Spavital, who took over prior to the 2019 season after successful stints as an offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, Cal, and West Virginia. Spavital leaves San Marcos with a 13-35 record in charge. He was 9-23 in Sun Belt competition. The Bobcats went 3-9 in his first year at the helm back in 2019. The number dipped to two wins in 2020. Texas State won four games in 2021 for the first time since 2014, but a second straight 4-8 campaign sealed his fate. Texas State moved to the FBS ranks in 2012. The Bobcats have only finished above .500 once – that was in 2014 with Dennis Franchione as the head coach. The only other record at .500 or better was a 6-6 finish in 2013. Everett Withers was 7-29 in his three years in charge from 2016 to 2018. Franchione was 20-28.