MSU announced the hiring of head coach Jonathan Smith on Saturday, Nov. 25, and formally introduced him in a Tuesday press conference. Although it has not yet been formally announced by the university, it appears that the former Oregon State is bringing along a sizeable chunk of his staff from Corvallis, Oregon to East Lansing.
The last few days have marked the start of a new era for the Michigan State football team, with the introduction of newly appointed head coach Jonathan Smith at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Starting Michigan State Football redshirt freshman quarterback Katin Houser has entered his name into the transfer portal monday afternoon, according to Pete Thamel of ESPN.
Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo didn’t waste any time commending MSU football’s recent head coach hiring during his Monday press conference. Izzo, a known involver in the Spartans’ football program, began his conference by welcoming Jonathan Smith to Michigan State. He said he had dinner with Smith and his wife on Sunday evening.
Thursday afternoon, MSU acquired its first new addition in freshman quarterback Aidan Chiles from Oregon State.
Following a rough ending to Michigan State Football’s season on Friday night, rumors began to circulate around the uncertainty of the coaching staff heading into next season.About 12 short hours later, MSU got to work quickly and found their new head coach. Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith finalized a deal with the Spartans to become the new head coach of Michigan State, the program announced Saturday afternoon.
Jonathan Smith, who has led Oregon State to new heights during his tenure over the past six seasons, has been named Michigan State University’s 26th head football coach.
The finish to the season doesn’t excite the Spartan faithful, but the team has fought adversity throughout the entirety of 2023. With their backs against the wall, Michigan State showed up to each game with the same mentality, believing they would win no matter the result on the field. In order to get back to where the program once was though, a new coaching hire would need to be a significant one to take the step back in the right direction.
In the final post game press conference of the season, interim head coach Harlon Barnett kept it short and simple when describing the 2023 Michigan State football season.“It was the season of adversity,” Barnett said after the 42-0 loss in which redshirt freshman quarterback Katin Houser was sacked six times and where the defense allowed sophomore Penn State running backs to both rush for over 150 yards.
In the last game of Michigan State football’s season, the No. 11 Penn State Nittany Lions dominated the Spartans in every way to come out with a 42-0 win at Ford Field in Detroit.
Know Thy Enemy is a Q&A where the perspective changes from the eyes of The State News to the eyes of the student newspaper of Michigan State's opponent. This week, The State News' football beat writer Nick Lundberg spoke with football editor Seth Engle of the Daily Collegian ahead of Friday’s Penn State-Michigan State game.
Coming into the matchup with a 4-7 record, MSU has had many tales of their long season. The Spartans picked up a quality comeback win in their last contest against Indiana, winning 24-21. With the Nittany Lions coming to town however, it is going to be difficult to maintain momentum that Michigan State has generated over the past week or so.