Matt Canada’s tenure at LSU may end up being a brief one, as the program is expected to part ways with the first-year offensive coordinator following the Tigers’ matchup with Notre Damein the Citrus Bowl, according to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate, citing sources.
The move would be noteworthy as it would see Canada complete just his first year at LSU after becoming the nation’s highest-paid OC when he signed a $1.5 million annual deal last January.
Despite a current 9-3 record, LSU officials have reportedly been in discussion with Canada’s representatives in order to reach a settlement, with the university owing Canada a $3 million buyout paid in monthly instalments for the length of the contract, according to Dellenger.
Interestingly enough, Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron stated following the Tigers’ win over Texas A&M that he “hoped” Canada would pursue a head coaching job. Sources close to the situation stated the relationship between Orgeron and Canada had taken a downhill turn over the course of the season, according to Dellenger.
The 45-year-old Canada arrived at LSU after a one-year stop at Pitt as offensive coordinator. Prior to that, he served in the same role for Northern Illinois (2003, 2011), Indiana (2007-10), Wisconsin (2012), and NC State (2013-15).