When Gary Andersen and Oregon State mutually agreed to part ways, one of the names that immediately popped up in the minds of pundits around the country as a potential replacement was Washington assistant coach Jonathan Smith.
Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated identified Smith immediately, saying he could be a good fit for the Beavers:
“Let’s start with former Beavers record-setting QB Jonathan Smith, who is doing a nice job as Washington’s offensive coordinator under Chris Petersen. The 38-year-old Smith, a Southern California native, is well-regarded inside the coaching world and especially so by his players. Under Smith, the Huskies led the Pac-12 and ranked eight in the nation in scoring last season.”
Smith was a standout QB at Oregon State from 1998-2001 and led the Beavers to co-conference championship and a Fiesta Bowl victory in 2001.
Smith is 38 years old and in his fourth season in Seattle with the Huskies. He is currently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. While Smith admitted he was flattered that his name had been mentioned, he insists he is focused on the Huskies game against Arizona State.
“I’ve got a great job here, a great place, and I really don’t know what it’s like down there,” Smith said, per Adam Jude of The Seattle Times. “It’s flattering. Obviously I’ve got great memories there and whatnot, but I’ve got an extreme focus on us and these next couple of practices. I thought we practiced really well today, and the Sun Devils present a challenge. And we’ve got a lot of things going, so it’s a huge game Saturday.”
While Smith may be focused on Arizona State, Oregon State may be focusing in on him as their next head coach. It remains to be seen whom the Beavers will target, but it’s safe to assume that Smith will garner some interest from his alma mater.
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