Reports: LSU to part ways with OC Matt Canada after Citrus Bowl

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Matt Canada
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Rumors have swirled for months that LSU head coach Ed Orgeron and offensive coordinator Matt Canada form an unhappy football marriage. It appears a divorce is near.

Canada could be off of the LSU coaching staff following the Tigers’ Citrus Bowl date New Year’s Day with Notre Dame (9-3), as first reported Wednesday by Gannett’s Glenn Guilbeau.

In a follow up by Ross Dellenger at The Advocate, multiple sources have indicated LSU officials and Canada’s representatives have discussed terms of a potential settlement for the coordinator’s departure.

Canada signed a three-year contract last December for a college football best $1.5 million per season for an offensive coordinator. However, Orgeron requested changes in Canada’s offensive scheme in September ahead of LSU’s game with Troy. The resulting 24-21 upset loss on homecoming led to a meeting with LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, Orgeron, Canada and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda after which Orgeron said the coaches ended up “all on the same page.”

LSU (9-3) salvaged their season after the Troy loss by the relationship between Orgeron and Canada appears to be over.

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