Matt Canada, former offensive coordinator at Indiana, Wisconsin, NC State, and most recently Pitt, has accepted the same role at LSU under Ed Orgeron.
Offense has been an issue at LSU for years, and is ultimately what did in head coach Les Miles. His successor Ed Orgeron has made his crucial coordinator hire to try and bring the Tigers offense into the 21st century, tabbing Pitt's Matt Canada to lead the unit.
Canada has been floated as a candidate for a few days now, and today LSU made it official.
From LSU's release:
Canada, who was the only offensive finalist for the Broyles Award this year as the nation’s top assistant coach, joins the LSU staff after spending the 2016 season at Pittsburgh, where as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, he guided a Panther offense that ranked No. 10 in the nation 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.
“We have a real opportunity under Coach Orgeron to propel LSU football to another level,” Canada said. “The chance to put together a high-powered offense with the athletic ability available at LSU and the leadership of Coach ‘O’ is incredibly exciting. I’ve long-respected Coach Orgeron’s ability to recruit, lead and motivate. What he did as head coach at LSU under difficult circumstances was really impressive. I’m thrilled to be a part of the vision for the program.”
In his one year at Pitt, Canada turned the Panthers into an incredibly proficient offensive unit, led by star running back James Conner and quarterback Nathan Peterman, who was one of the most efficient passers in the ACC. He threw for over nine yards per attempt, and had 26 touchdowns with just six interceptions on the season.
Canada is an Indiana alumnus, and served on the Hoosiers staff from 1994-1995 as a GA, and again from 2004-2010 as quarterbacks coach and eventually offensive coordinator. He has also been OC at Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, and NC State.