Oregon State finalizing deal to hire Jonathan Smith as new coach

Oregon State has finalized a deal to hire Washington co-offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith as its next head coach, a source with direct knowledge of the process confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.

Sports Illustrated and The Associated Press reported earlier Wednesday that Oregon State chose to hire Smith, a former Beavers quarterback who has been part of a Washington staff that has led the Huskies to consecutive double-digit-win seasons.

Smith has been working as quarterbacks coach for coach Chris Petersen since 2012, starting at Boise State, and then at Washington, starting in 2014.

He also had stops as an assistant at Montana and Idaho. He was a graduate assistant at Oregon State from 2002-03.

Smith was a walk-on in Corvallis, playing for the Beavers from 1998-2001. He was on Oregon State’s 2000 team that went 11-1 and defeated Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl under coach Dennis Erickson.

A fan favorite during his playing days, Smith ranks third on Oregon State’s career list with 55 touchdown passes and 9,680 passing yards.

Oregon State has been in the market for a new coach

Article source: http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/21609978/oregon-state-beavers-hire-jonathan-smith-new-coach

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