Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith joined the Jim Rome show today to discuss everything from the team’s improvement to the Pac-12 canceling non-conference games and more.

0:00-0:42 – Smith introduced, says family is “making the best of it” amid COVID-19 pandemic.

0:43-1:19 – How have the Beavs improved since he took over in 2018? “We’ve made some real strides.”

1:20-2:05 – Smith the program “wasn’t in a great place” when we arrived, the thought was to build trust with the players and make sure they knew “we’re here to stay.”

2:06-2:40 – Smith “I think it was a big step” the team took last year.

2:41-3:26 – Bouncing back after loss to Washington St. to battle Oregon “was huge”

3:27-4:16 – Smith on Tristan Gebbia, who went to Rome’s high school in SoCal.

4:17-5:15 – Smith on advice Chris Peterson gave him “you’ve got to be comfortable being very uncomfortable.”

5:16-5:55 – Smiths says it was “a good strategic move” to cancel non-conference games and it creates flexibility in the schedule.

5:56-6:42 – It’s “been tough” trying to prepare when the details around the season keep changing.

6:43-7:13 – Smith’s message to players.

7:14-8:01 – Smith on potentially playing football in spring instead of fall, “not ideal”

8:02-end – Oregon State culture built on work ethic and trust, and creating competition

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