Ed Orgeron has his man to lead LSU’s offense, and after meeting with vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva, the school announced the hiring of Matt Canada to be its offensive coordinator on Wednesday morning.
The Tigers made it official with a press release.
“When I first sat down with Joe Alleva and we mapped out a plan for LSU football, we agreed that we were going to demand excellence on both sides of the ball,” Orgeron said in the statement. “We want a defense that’s impenetrable and an offense that’s exciting and unstoppable. Anyone who wants to play football at the highest levels is going to want to play at LSU.”
Canada served as offensive coordinator at Pittsburgh this season, where he was the only offensive assistant coach to be nominated for the Broyles Award. He helped the Panthers rank 10th in the nation with 42.3 points a game.
He’ll look to carry that success over to LSU during the course of his reported three-year contract.
“We have a real opportunity under Coach Orgeron to propel LSU football to another level,” Canada said in the release. “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. …
“Coach ‘O’ and Joe have been very clear about what they expect. 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. And of course, we’re going to do it the right way – the LSU way.”