LSU is trying to prepare for its bowl game against Notre Dame on New Year’s Day, but it’s also got to deal with rumors swirling that offensive coordinator Matt Canada might be getting fired. There was a report that Canada and LSU would part ways after the Citrus Bowl, but the coach is refuting that as he said on Friday during interviews that he is just focused on getting LSU’s 10th win of the season and sending this team into the offseason the right way.
Here is an entire transcript of what Canada said during the interview time on Friday:
It sounds like he clearly wants to be at LSU for years to come and we will have to see how that all shakes out after the Citrus Bowl. The Tigers offense averaged over 410 total yards a game this season with about 210 of them coming on the ground.
Canada was with Pitt in 2016 before LSU hired him. The Tigers gave him one of the richest coordinator contracts in all of football, but Dellenger reports that the relationship between Canada and head coach Ed Orgeron quickly soured early this season. Dellenger pointed to the infamous Troy game, where Orgeron admitting to meddling with Canada’s offense in the first half of that game. LSU was shutout in the first half of what wound up being a 24-21 loss for the Tigers.
Canada’s career includes stops at Indiana, Wisconsin, N.C. State, and Pitt, all as offensive coordinator. Canada is due all of the remaining $3 million on his contract unless he signs with another school.