LSU Football: Tigers to fill OC position in near future
Finding a new offensive coordinator has been an ongoing process for LSU Football in recent times. But, it appears that the Tigers’ OC dilemma is finally about to be solved.
After Lane Kiffin got the head coaching job with Florida Atlantic on Monday, LSU had to take an even closer look at their other top options that no longer included coach Orgeron’s favorite.
Perhaps the top choice of all of these candidates was current Pittsburgh Panthers OC Matt Canada.
Tuesday, the Tigers held a number of successful meetings with Canada, and the team is ready to make a deal with him according to a source via Fox News Tuesday. The Tigers believe that he will fit well with the current system, and appreciate his qualities as a coach.
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Canada has had much success with the Panthers, leading the team to this year’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl. He was also the only OC to become a finalist for the Broyles Award, which honors the country’s best assistant assistant coach.
The Panthers’ offense averaged 42.3 points per game (the 10th best in the FBS), beating their own record of 40.7 points per contest in 1904. Pitt also improved upon their own scoring output, averaging 14 more points per game than last season. Under the guidance of Canada, the Panthers have become the only Power-5 team to rack up a minimum of 28 points per matchup.
The team also led the nation in red-zone touchdown percentage at 82.7 percent. He has also been extremely involved in the development of current Panthers quarterback Nathan Peterman, who boasted the highest QB rating in the ACC, even surpassing Heisman winner Lamar Jackson.
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Will Canada land the job?
Other top contenders for the position if things do not work out with Canada are Alabama’s Steve Sarkisian and former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich.