Oregon State was one of the first schools in the country to have its head coaching job open up, and the first among power-conference schools. And after nearly two months of searching, it appears the Beavers have finally found their man.
BREAKING: I’m told Oregon State and Jonathan Smith have agreed on a deal that makes him the next Beavers' football coach, per sources close to Smith. I expect a formal announcement later today.
— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) November 29, 2017
Jonathan Smith was Oregon State’s quarterback from 1998-2001, one of the program’s best runs ever. He threw for 9,680 yards and 55 touchdowns, with a 3,000-yard season in 1999 when the Beavers went 11-1 and beat Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
On Monday Canzano reported that OSU’s coach at the time, Dennis Erickson, had pitched the idea of he coming back to run the program with Smith as his offensive coordinator.
The 38-year-old Smith has been at Washington since 2014, where he’s been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Under his guidance junior Jake Browning has thrown for a school-record 77 TDs and the Huskies have averaged more than 30 points per game each season.
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