No, he would have come here regardless of Lubick ever being hired. Said UW was his dream offer because of his admiration for Petersen. Idaho kid that grew up a Boise State/Petersen fan.
Interesting, the narrative was always that Lubbick brought Yankoff and Culp with him from Oregon. Smith has really proven himself to be a solid head coach so far. His strategy of scouring the transfer portal has been really smart. It aligns with what they did to put together that elite team in 2000 that he was on.