Is it now safe to say Matt Canada is staying at LSU in 2018?
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Question of the Day: Monday, Dec. 18
Finally — finally! — it appears we can put the most frequently asked LSU question of the last last several weeks to bed.
We could have drawn on a dozen or more folks who have asked this question, and we have answered it with some frequency since Ed Orgeron first spoke to the possibility of Canada seeking a head coaching position following LSU’s regular-season finale against Texas A&M.
But this should be the final update. Matt Canada will be LSU’s offensive coordinator in 2018.
The final two head coaching vacancies in the FBS were filled this weekend.
Louisiana-Lafayette hired former Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier, who ran as far and fast from Tempe as possible after the Sun Devils hired long-retired former NFL coach Herm Edwards to run the operation.
Kent State tabbed Syracuse offensive coordinator Sean Lewis to fill its black hole of a head coaching vacancy, thus closing the 2017 offseason coaching carousel unless some NFL franchise elects to hire a college coach and get the thing whirling again come January.
Was the talk of Canada leaving overstated in the first place? Probably so. Orgeron was giving a hypothetical answer to a question that he was asked by a reporter in a postgame press conference. But it felt odd because Orgeron did not include a stock phrase like “We’re going to do everything in our power to keep him here.”
Thus, the uncertainty about Canada’s future spread like wildfire, and only got worse because no one from LSU ever attempted to put it out.
At any rate, this is a resolution that figures to work out much better for both sides than the alternative. Frankly, Canada does not have good enough arrows in his quiver to have a FBS head coaching job at this point. But if he develops an honest-to-goodness quarterback at LSU who was recruited out of high school by LSU — something that hasn’t been done in nearly a decade — there could be no stronger testament to his genius.
From LSU’s perspective, having someone with Canada’s experience developing quarterbacks is practically a must going into next year with a pair of current freshmen duking it out for the starting job.
The Canada side story has been a bit of a weird one, but it feels safe to say it’s over with — at least until next offseason.
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