Michigan State Extends Offer to Former Oregon State Coach Jonathan Smith for 7th Year with $7.25M Salary

Michigan State has extended Jonathan Smith’s contract up to a seventh year due to competition from other power five college football teams that also expressed interest in hiring him. Athletic director Alan Haller said that they offered Smith a $7.25 million contract, adding that they had to step up their pursuit to secure him. The program is still reeling from a 4-8 season and is now faced with a Big Ten expansion. Michigan State is hoping Smith can turn the program around and lead them to success. Smith was previously the head coach at Oregon State and has experience in coaching at various universities. Overall, Smith is seen as a promising addition to the team.