With Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin reportedly set to become Florida Atlantic’s next coach, LSU must turn its attention elsewhere for its open offensive coordinator position.
On Monday morning, The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger reported that officials at the school will zero in on Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Canada, former Southern Cal and Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, currently an offensive analyst at Alabama, and former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich for the job.
Dellenger reports that LSU’s search for an offensive coordinator had been in “wait-and-see mode” throughout the past two weeks as Kiffin’s situation played out. Dellenger added that Tigers coach Ed Orgeron “sought Kiffin above all others” for the position.
As The Kiffin Turns.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) December 12, 2016
On Monday morning, FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported that Canada is expected to meet with LSU on Tuesday.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 12, 2016
Football Scoop confirmed that Canada is a possibility and an answer could be determined in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Can confirm as @RossDellenger reported yesterday Matt Canada is very much in play for LSU OC. Should have answer in 24-48 hours we’re told
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) December 12, 2016
The hire will be a crucial one for Orgeron. LSU’s offense was inconsistent during a regular season that saw the Tigers go 7-4 overall with a 5-3 mark in the SEC. LSU plays Louisville in the Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31 in Orlando, Fla.
LSU finished 10th in the SEC in both scoring offense (28.3 points per game) and in total offense (425.7 yards per game). Kiffin would have been a splash hire, and it’s clear Orgeron coveted him.
Now that Kiffin is off the table, it will be interesting to see where LSU goes from here.