On Tuesday, it was formally announced that the Oregon State football program would hire former Beaver quarterback and Washington offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith as its newest head coach. On Wednesday afternoon, he addressed the media in Corvallis for the first time as the leader of the Beavs.
Smith’s comments begin at the 10:25 mark after opening remarks from AD Scott Barnes and OSU president Ed Ray.
Here’s what a few of the media had to say about the presser.
Jonathan Smith: "It is great to be home."— Danny Moran (@DannyJMoran) November 30, 2017
Smith credited Mike Riley with giving him the opportunity and expanding his understanding of schematics. He credited Dennis Erickson for his competitiveness. He called them both "dear friends."— Danny Moran (@DannyJMoran) November 30, 2017
Smith said he will be re-recruiting the players on the roster to establish trust.— Danny Moran (@DannyJMoran) November 30, 2017
Smith has not yet met with Cory Hall.— Danny Moran (@DannyJMoran) November 30, 2017
If Jonathan Smith didn’t get Beaver fans fired up in that press conference, then they need to turn in their fan card. You’re not going to find a coach that loves this program more.— Dusty Harrah (@Dusty_Harrah) November 30, 2017
Jonathan Smith’s daughter, Bella, stealing the show at @BeaverFootball press conference. pic.twitter.com/XVA0BhHH7a— Lindsay Schnell (@Lindsay_Schnell) November 30, 2017
Spoke to Oregon State running back great Ken Simonton about the Jonathan Smith hire.— Danny Moran (@DannyJMoran) November 29, 2017
"This is something from the time we were 18, 19 years old, is all he prepared for. To get an opportunity, & especially at your alma mater, I don't think there's a better story going right now."
Welcome to Corvallis, Coach Smith.