UCLA is officially in need of a new offensive coordinator.
Following up on reports that have been circulating for more than 24 hours, Texas A&M announced in a press release Friday evening that Noel Mazzone has been tapped by Kevin Sumlin the Aggies’ new offensive coordinator.
Mazzone has spent the past four seasons as the Bruins’ coordinator. He will replace Jake Spavital, with whom the football program “parted ways” less than a week ago.
“I have known Noel for many years and he is a great addition to our coaching staff,” Sumlin said. “His experience is outstanding and he will do an excellent job of coordinating our offense.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with Coach Sumlin and the Aggie football team,” Mazzone said. “I am ready to get started.”
The school’s release noted that Mazzone’s “employment contract is pending approval by President Young and The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents,” although that’s expected to be nothing more than a rubber-stamp move on the administrative side.
In 2015, Mazzone directed a Bruins offense that was led by Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Josh Rosen. At A&M, Mazzone is looking at a quarterback situation that’s seen a pair of highly-touted players at the position . Transferring Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight is expected to land in College Station, so Mazzone could/should have at least one experienced player in the quarterbacks room.
While leading one of the most potent offenses in school history, Mazzone’s 2015 season was also marked by a health scare.
In mid-December, Mazzone was hospitalized and briefly placed in intensive care because of a blood clot in his lung. He returned to practice and, while there was some initial concern over his availability, called plays from the booth in UCLA’s Foster Farms Bowl loss to Nebraska.