Pitt OC Canada bolts for LSU


Pittsburgh will have its fourth offensive coordinator in as many years when the 2017 season kicks off.

Matt Canada, who coached the Panthers’ offense in 2016, is leaving for the coordinator job at LSU.

“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 head coach Pat Narduzzi said. “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.

“When you hire great people and have success, your staff will always be in demand. I’m confident we will find another outstanding person and professional to continue our momentum.”

Canada was named a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to college football’s top assistant coach, last month. Pitt averaged a school-record 42.3 points per game in the regular season. The Panthers are the only Power 5 team in the nation to score at least 28 points in every regular-season game this fall.

Narduzzi hired Canada last offseason after Jim Chaney left for Georgia following a one-year stint as Pitt’s offensive coordinator. Joe Rudolph was the team’s offensive coordinator from 2012-14 under former head coach Paul Chryst.