Cowboy Football: Trio Joining Staff

New Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who is still in Houston and will be meeting up with OSU head coach Mike Gundy and Cowboys associate head coach and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest, confirmed during a Thursday afternoon conference call that Oklahoma State is adding to its graduate assistant and quality control coaching staff.

Holgorsen confirmed that Jake Spavital, former Tulsa Union All-State player and Missouri State four-year letterman and Houston graduate assistant; Texas Tech record-setting quarterback Graham Harrell, and former Texas Tech center and graduate assistant coach Brandon Jones will all be joining the Oklahoma State staff.

Graduate assistant coaches are coaches that live in university housing and take graduate courses while assisting the coaching staff. Quality control coaches are really the answer to what replaced the one-time popular, but illegal, limited earnings coaches. Quality control coaches work on the field coaching but are not permitted to recruit off campus. Their salaries are significantly less that full-time coaches in that they have less experience in the field. It is a position that coaches take in order to gain experience in the college environment.

After the recent season, Oklahoma State lost graduate assistant Glen Elarbee, who is now the director of football operations at Toledo for former OSU defensive coordinator Tim Beckman. Quality control coach on offense Walt Bell left to join the Southern Miss staff with former OSU offensive coordinator Larry Fedora.

The Spavital name has a strong history with Oklahoma State as his grandfather, Jim Spavital, was a four-year letterman at Oklahoma State in the decade of the '40s. Jake Spavital was an offensive graduate assistant at Houston last season where his brother is a full-time assistant for the Cougars. Jake's father, Steve, is the head coach at Broken Arrow High School.

Harrell, who played for his father as a high schooler at Ennis, Texas, was a three-year record-setting starter at quarterback for Mike Leach at Texas Tech. In his sophomore and junior seasons he was also coached by then co-offensive coordinator Dan Holgorsen at Texas Tech. Harrell threw for more than 5,000 yards in back-to-back seasons and is one of the most prolific quarterbacks in NCAA history.

Jones started at center for Texas Tech in the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The native of Oregon, Jones served as an offensive graduate assistant this past season at Texas Tech with his major responsibility being organizing the scout teams for the offense each week. In 2007 Jones served the Texas Tech football program as a video assistant.

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