Former LSU OC Matt Canada hired for same job at Maryland

Matt Canada
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If Maryland suddenly shoots to the top of the FBS offensive stats this fall, you can be sure LSU fans will be grumbling about another missed opportunity.

Former LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who had the fourth-highest salary among assistants in college football before his dismissal earlier this month, was officially named Tuesday as offensive coordinator at Maryland.

Canada arrived from Pittsburgh after the 2016 season in a bold bid to renovate LSU’s offense, but he left after one season amid disagreements with Tigers coach Ed Orgeron. Steve Ensminger, the interim offensive coordinator for the latter part of 2016, was installed in Canada’s place earlier this month.

With the Terrapins, Candada joins a Big Ten staff that’s loaded with familiar names for fans across the SEC, not just at LSU.

Maryland coach D.J. Durkin is a former Florida assistant who briefly served as the Gators’ interim coach upon the dismissal of Will Muschamp. Defensive coordinator Andy Buh and defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh were Kentucky assistants, receivers coach Chris Beatty previously worked on the Vanderbilt staff, secondary coach Chuck Heater worked with Durkin at Florida and special teams coach Matt Barnes was a graduate assistant during Durkin’s Gators tenure.

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Last year, LSU ranked 54th in the Football Bowl Subdivision and Maryland placed 119th. If the Terrapins surge and the Tigers slump in 2018, expect some fans in Baton Rouge to approach the boiling point.

Canada replaces Walt Bell, who left to become offensive coordinator at Florida State.

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