LSU has officially named Matt Canada its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach to help fill out new coach Ed Orgeron’s staff.
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) December 14, 2016
The Baton Rouge Advocate is reporting that Canada, who was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Pitt this past season, is expected to sign a three-year deal worth more than $1 million a year. Canada’s deal is pending approval from the LSU Board of Supervisors.
Canada will remain with Pitt through the Pinstripe Bowl against Northwestern.
During Orgeron’s initial press conference, he promised to hire top talent in an effort to make LSU a national championship contender again. He secured defensive coordinator Dave Aranda almost immediately and was hoping to add Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin to the mix. When Kiffin became the head coach at Florida Atlantic, Orgeron set his sights on Canada. Canada is a huge piece in making LSU’s sometimes stagnant offense get moving again.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 14, 2016
LSU ranked 60th nationally in total offense averaging 425.7 yards per game and 67th in scoring offense at 28.3 points per game.
Under Canada’s guidance at Pitt, the Panthers ranked No. 10 in scoring (42.3) and averaged 447.5 total yards per game. The Panthers also led the nation in redzone touchdown percentage at 82 percent.
Prior to Pitt, Canada had stints with North Carolina State (2013-15), Wisconsin (2012), Northern Illinois (1998-2003; 2011) and Indiana (2004-10).
“Coach O and Joe have been very clear about what they expect,” said Canada. “With the talent already here and what we will recruit, we can put together one of the best offenses in the country. We’re going to develop quarterbacks, score points and bring some excitement to the offense here at LSU.”
– – – – – – –