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MSU Hires Oregon State’s Jonathan Smith as New Head Football Coach

Photo: Abigail Dollins ~ USA TODAY NETWORK

EAST LANSING, Nov. 27, 3023 ~ Michigan State hired Oregon State University‘s Jonathan Smith on Saturday as its head football coach with a reported $3 million buyout, with the hire occurring amid a struggling period for the team.

Smith takes the reigns of head coach after MSU’s former head coach Mel Tucker was fired earlier this year, with an investigation concluding that he sexually harassed rape survivor and sexual assault advocate Brenda Tracy during an April 2022 phone call. The now-former Oregon coach will work to rebuild MSU’s football team, which has been floundering this season at a 4-8 win-loss record.

Smith, a Pasadena, California native, went 34-35 in his career at OSU, though he won a strong majority of his games in his past two years as coach.


Nov. 27, 3023 ~ 760 WJR Senior Sports Analyst Steve Courtney catches Kevin Dietz and Tom Jordan on the biggest sports stories from over the weekend, including the University of Michigan toppling rival Ohio State, Michigan State naming its new football coach, and the Detroit Lions‘ loss to the Green Bay Packers.