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Oregon State promotes Trent Bray to head coach after 2 1/2 seasons as DC: What it means for Beavers

Oregon State is promoting defensive coordinator Trent Bray to head coach, the school announced Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Bray was the Beavers DC for 2 1/2 seasons and has been with the program for 10 seasons. Bray coached at OSU from 2012-14 before returning in 2018.
  • Bray’s promotion comes three days after Michigan State hired former Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith for the same position.
  • Oregon State went 8-4 in 2023, finishing fourth in the Pac-12.

What does this mean for Oregon State?

This promotion comes at a time of great transition. Oregon State and Washington State will soon finalize a scheduling agreement with the Mountain West that will provide both games with games at least for next season while giving both schools time to sort out the collapse of the Pac-12 and knowing what to do with it. its advantages. They must also find an agreement on media rights for next season.

Smith has already brought many assistants and key staff members to Michigan State. The transfer portal is now open to Oregon State players due to the coaching change. Bray’s first priority will be keeping as many players as possible, keeping a recruiting class together and finding a staff, despite all the uncertainty ahead. As an alumnus of the program, this is especially personal during a difficult time.

But it’s also worth noting that Smith’s turnaround of the Oregon State program coincided with Bray’s promotion to defensive coordinator for the final four games of the 2021 season. Until then, Smith had a 14-year record -26 as head coach of the Beavers. After Bray took over on defense, Oregon State went 20-9. — Chris Vannini, senior college football writer

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