BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU confirmed that Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Canada has been hired to fill the same position for the Tigers. A press conference was scheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., however due to technical difficulties, WAFB was not able to live stream the event.
Canada, who was the only offensive finalist for the Broyles Award this year as the nation's top assistant coach, joins the LSU staff after spending the 2016 season at Pittsburgh, where as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, he guided a Panther offense that ranked No. 10 in the nation in scoring (42.3) and averaged 447.5 total yards per game. The Panthers also led the nation in redzone touchdown percentage at 82 percent.
"We have a real opportunity under Coach Orgeron to propel LSU football to another level," Canada said in a release by LSU Sports Information. "The chance to put together a high-powered offense with the athletic ability available at LSU and the leadership of Coach 'O' is incredibly exciting. I've long-respected Coach Orgeron's ability to recruit, lead and motivate. What he did as head coach at LSU under difficult circumstances was really impressive. I'm thrilled to be a part of the vision for the program."
Canada's offense this season at Pitt averaged more than 42 points per game, the highest scoring offense in the school's history. Canada emerged as the leading candidate to be LSU's new offensive coordinator after Lane Kiffin accepted the head coaching position at Florida Atlantic.
"When I first sat down with Joe Alleva and we mapped out a plan for LSU football, we agreed that we were going to demand excellence on both sides of the ball," said Orgeron. "We want a defense that's impenetrable and an offense that's exciting and unstoppable. Anyone who wants to play football at the highest levels is going to want to play at LSU."
Canada comes to LSU with 25-years of coaching experience with stops at North Carolina State (2013-15), Wisconsin (2012), North Illinois (1998-2003; 2011) and Indiana (2004-10).
Canada's deal is pending approval from the LSU Board of Supervisors.