LSU hires offensive coordinator Matt Canada away from Pitt

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 14, 2016 10:30 AM

Pittsburgh wide receiver Quadree Henderson (10) runs for yardage as Clemson safety Van Smith (23) defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

(Baton Rouge, La.) -- LSU has hired Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Canada away from the Panthers in hopes he can make the Tigers' run-heavy offense more dynamic and productive against some of the nation's better defenses.

Canada's unit at Pitt enjoyed a prolific season, averaging 42.3 points and 447.5 yards for Pitt, which went 8-4 this season with wins over two top five teams -- Penn State and Clemson.

The Panthers next meet Northwestern in the Pinstripe Bowl on December 28th.

"On behalf of our entire program, I want to thank Matt for his many important contributions, on and off the field, this past year," Pitt Coach Pat Narduzzi said in a statement. "It was important that Matt remain with our team through the bowl game and he had no hesitation about that. He wants to send this team, and especially our seniors, out the right way. Our search for a new offensive coordinator will fully begin after the bowl. Our primary focus is on a successful completion to the 2016 season."

His offenses have been defined by balance, creativity and misdirection. Of Pitt's 5,370 total net yards of offense this season, 2,757 have come on the ground and 2,613 through the air.

The 44-year-old Canada, who has worked as a college coach for more than two decades, has also held offensive coordinator positions with Indiana, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin and North Carolina State.

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