After hiring Ed Orgeron on Nov. 26 and retaining the services of Dave Aranda, LSU has finally hired it’s offensive coordinator. And it’s Matt Canada, a name few in college football knew prior to this season.
According to a report from Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated, LSU is set to hire Canada, who spent this past season at the University of Pittsburgh as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He is 44 years old and graduated from Indiana.
Matt Canada has accepted the LSU offensive coordinator job, a source told SI.
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) December 14, 2016
Canada has been an offensive coordinator at a number of schools including Wisconsin, Indiana and NC State.
Under Canada’s guidance this year, Pittsburgh finished 10th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 42.3 points per game. The Panthers also averaged 229 yards per game on the ground this season, and scored 43 and 42 points against top-5 teams Clemson and Penn State.
Pitt’s offense was led by former Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman. In the year before Canada’s arrival at Pittsburgh, the Panthers averaged just 28.2 points per game.
He’ll inherit a number of weapons at LSU, most notably tailback Derrius Guice. The sophomore running back led the SEC in yards per carry and rushing yards this year. The Tigers will lose running back Leonard Fournette to the NFL Draft. Quarterback Danny Etling, who took over for Brandon Harris, does have another year of eligibility.
LSU also has the No. 5 recruiting class in the country, but did lose a commitment from 4-star quarterback Lowell Narcisse on Monday.
The Tigers were heavily linked to Lane Kiffin but he took the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic. Kiffin worked with Orgeron at past stops like USC and Tennessee.
LSU plays Louisville on Dec. 31 in the Citrus Bowl and will kickoff at 11 a.m. ET. Louisville was the only team in the ACC this year to score more points per game than Canada’s Panthers. The Cardinals, led by Heisman Trophy Winner Lamar Jackson, averaged 45.3 points per game.