Oregon State rewards Jonathan Smith with new deal after 9-3 season

Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith has agreed to a brand new six-year contract, the college introduced Sunday.

Smith’s deal comes after main the Beavers to a 9-3 report and can embody assured compensation of $4.85 million yearly, starting March 1. It would enhance by $100,000 annually, finally touchdown at $30.6 million for the lifetime of the contract.

“Coach Smith has taken the Oregon State football program to new heights, and we knew it was important to reward him and his staff to keep the momentum moving forward,” Beavers athletic director Scott Barnes mentioned in an announcement. “The success they’ve achieved on the football field has been evident, and Coach’s Smith leadership and the work of his staff also has changed the culture of the program in the classroom, the weight room and the community.”

Oregon State, which is able to tackle Florida (6-6) on Saturday within the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl, is Smith’s first head-coaching place after a fast climb by way of the ranks as an offensive assistant elsewhere.

Smith, 43, who performed quarterback at Oregon State from 1998 to 2001, coached quarterbacks at Idaho earlier than graduating to offensive coordinator at Montana. He settled again right into a quarterbacks coach function at Boise State earlier than touchdown the offensive coordinator place at Washington. He was employed to run the Beavers’ program in 2018.

Apart from the COVID-19-shortened season of 2020, Smith’s groups confirmed progress in victories from one 12 months to the subsequent. In 2018, the Beavers stumbled to a 2-10 end earlier than a 5-7 2019 marketing campaign gave strategy to the shortened 2-5 season. Final 12 months, the Beavers completed 7-6 and misplaced their bowl recreation. This season, they reached 9 wins with an emotional victory within the regular-season finale in opposition to rival Oregon.

“The program is in a way better place, so it is really meaningful,” Smith mentioned prematurely of this season’s senior day. “I can’t list all of them right now, but I just think about some of these guys that have done some really special things and worked at it.”

As a participant, Smith was below middle for one of many extra memorable offenses in 2000. A junior on the time, Smith led the Beavers to an 11-1 report and a No. 4 end within the closing Related Press High 25 ballot. The high-flying offense additionally featured huge receivers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who each graduated to the NFL. That crew ended its run with a 41-9 victory over Notre Dame within the Fiesta Bowl. Smith was named the sport’s MVP.

“I want to thank Scott Barnes and the Oregon State administration for continuing to support this football program and everyone who works tirelessly for our student-athletes and all of Beaver Nation,” Smith mentioned in an announcement Sunday. “We are proud of what has been accomplished, but the work is not done and we’ll continue to put in the effort and do it the right way.”