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Michigan State hires Jonathan Smith as new football coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Michigan State Spartans have hired Jonathan Smith as their new head football coach. He replaced the disgraced Mel Tucker, who was fired back in September.

Smith comes to East Lansing, Michigan after leaving his alma mater, the Oregon State Beavers. He was making $4.85 million in his final season in Corvallis, Oregon.

Former Oregon State Beavers head coach Jonathan Smith stands on the field during the first half against the Oregon Ducks
Jonathan Smith stands on the field during the first half against the Oregon Ducks (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)

“Jonathan has a proven track record of success, building the Oregon State program from the ground up by implementing a plan resulting in sustained historic success for the Beavers,” Michigan State athletic director Alan Haller said in a statement. “He’s been a part of championship staffs, coached in the College Football Playoff, and understands what’s required to be successful at the highest level, learning from some of the game’s most successful coaches.

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“On the field, his teams are tough and physical, yet innovative. This year, Oregon State has controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, ranking among the nation’s leaders in both rushing offense and rushing defense.”

It is not clear at this time what his Michigan State salary will be. Tucker, before his departure, signed a 10-year, $95 million deal with the school. An increase in salary for Smith would likely be coming with this move to the Big Ten Conference.

He will be taking over a program that went 4-8 this season. Michigan State’s season came to an end with a 42-0 loss on Friday to the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

Smith’s final game at his alma mater was a loss on Friday night in the Civil War. He guided his No. 15th-ranked Beavers to a 31-7 loss to the No. 6-ranked Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.

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Smith is 34-35 as a head coach.

“He’s shown not only the ability to recruit talented student-athletes who fit his system but also to develop and maximize players once they’re in the program,” Haller said. “At his core, he’s a quarterbacks coach, and throughout his career, he’s been instrumental in the development of young quarterbacks, which is essential in today’s college football landscape.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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