Sources: Wazzu looks to hire Schmedding as DC

1:01 PM ET Pete ThamelESPN Washington State is finalizing an offer to make experienced coach Jeff Schmedding

its next protective planner, sources told ESPN on Sunday.Schmedding worked with Bryan Harsin at Auburn the previous two years, including as the coordinator in 2022.

He is a veteran of the Pacific Northwest footprint, as he is a graduate of Eastern Washington and worked there from 2004 to 2018, winning an FCS national championship in 2010. He also operated at Boise State under Harsin in 2019 and 2020, where he called plays on defense and coached the linebackers.

That included an undefeated season in Mountain West play in 2019 and a defense that finished in the top 25 nationally in scoring defense(20.6 PPG). Washington State had a strong launching season under Jake Dickert in 2022, finishing 7-6. Those favorable results led to the Cougars losing both of their planners, as Brian Ward took the defensive coordinator spot at Arizona State and Eric Morris ended up being the head coach at North Texas. Dickert remained wedded to a wide-open offensive style by employing Ben Arbuckle on offense.

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