What is latest update on Matt Canada’s future with LSU?
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Question of the Day: Wednesday, Dec. 13
On Tuesday we were asked whether LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada will consider using Lowell Narcisse and Myles Brennan in a two-quarterback system next season. Today, e-mailer Stan Ellington gets to the real heart of the matter.
Any update on whether Canada is leaving LSU?
At the moment, there is no news. Which is probably good news, at least if you’re a fan of Canada’s offense.
To rewind, Ed Orgeron essentially ended his final news conference of the regular season by raising a giant banner that read “HIRE MATT CANADA.” The goal appears to be to get Canada a head-coaching job this offseason, which has a much better outward appearance than disposing of him after just one season. It’s also a lot cheaper — LSU would be on a $1.5 million hook for the next two years if it fired Canada. The Tigers wouldn’t have the stomach for such a move.
At the moment, only two FBS coaching jobs remain vacant.
One is just down Interstate 10 at Louisiana-Lafayette. The other is at Kent State, a northeast Ohio school relatively close to Canada’s original home base of Indiana. But unless one of those two schools decides to hire Canada — and there is no definitive evidence that he’s a candidate at either one — then he is all but certain to return to LSU next season.
Any gulf that has formed between Canada and Orgeron needs to be bridged if he does come back. Even if that chasm is more perception than reality, it offers a very bad look for LSU on the recruiting trail. The sooner we know that everyone is on the same page, the better for LSU.
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