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December 13, 2016

Canada to LSU?

Filed under: Assistants,Coaches,Football,Hire/Fire — Chas @ 8:10 am

It seems that the dominoes that would have to fall for Matt Canada were no longer in place last week. Lane Kiffin did not get the Houston head coaching job. Kiffin was the favorite choice — by all reports — to be the OC under non-interim HC Ed Orgeron. Kiffin was ready to leave Alabama and they were ready for him to go.

Instead, Kiffin took a pay cut and will be the new head coach at Florida Atlantic.

Kiffin’s salary at FAU will average in the $1 million range annually, according to sources. He was making $1.4 million per year as Alabama’s offensive coordinator.

Brief digression. Recruiting in Florida is realistically tougher than ever. Forget the top tier schools there — FSU, Florida, Miami — and all the top-tier SEC schools that recruit the area. Competition for the underrated, diamonds-in-the-rough, athletic 3-star kids now has Charlie Strong (USF), Butch Davis (FIU) and Kiffin working to keep them in state. Pitt and a lot of other programs are going to have a lot more work to do if they want to pry kids out of Florida.

LSU, though, moved right on to Plan B. The reports — at least from the LSU side — are saying that Canada could make the move today.

LSU is zeroing in on Pittsburgh’s Matt Canada as its next offensive coordinator and an agreement could be reached as early as Tuesday, two sources with knowledge of the situation told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on Monday night.

Canada has emerged as the leading candidate and is scheduled to meet Tuesday with first-year coach Ed Orgeron and the rest of the staff.

Canada is estimated to have made close to $600K at Pitt last year. LSU pays their DC, Dave Aranda a base salary of $1.2 million plus some incentives.

Assuming LSU is prepared to pay him similarly to Aranda, I don’t know that Pitt could match that. They might be able to come within a $300,000, but I’m just not sure that Pitt is prepared or able to break the $1,000,000 barrier for a coordinator.

It’s easy for us to say that if the money is only within a few hundred thousand dollars he shouldn’t bother going. And yes, he has a comfort level and relationship with Pat Narduzzi, but to counter that he also had a relationship with Dave Doeren at NC State.

The two went back a number of years, but when Doeren’s seat started warming in 2015, Canada was scapegoated and fired. Canada knows how quickly things can change in coaching. Last year he was a retread OC. Now he’s a hot name.

Then there is his own career path. One big season at Pitt, and he was getting mentioned as a possible head coach candidate at schools outside the Power 5 conferences. He walked into a fantastic situation on offense. A veteran offensive line with real talent. A senior quarterback and tight end. A strong stable of running backs. Realistically there is no way the offense doesn’t take at least a small step back with having to replace the left side of the line, a new QB (either a redshirt freshman or a graduate transfer) and James Conner leaving for the NFL.

LSU has long had a moribund offense despite the plethora of talent. Imagine what that could do to Canada’s reputation and job prospects in a year or two if he is the one to finally get the LSU offense going.

Essentially he could bet on himself and get paid to do it.

As much as I want him to stay, I can’t disagree with his decision if he goes.





No Wanny. I know he’s one of our own , but I’ve never thought he was the sharpest tool in the shed !

Comment by PittPT 12.14.16 @ 8:57 pm

What a joke. This hire was stupid a year ago. Gallagher on drugs??? Mormom marty and his Pumpikin head bever made sense here. This leadership is out of control.

Comment by Upittbaseball 12.14.16 @ 8:58 pm

Bring back the last interim AD. He seemed to be better than Barnes !

Comment by PittPT 12.14.16 @ 8:59 pm

So there is a silver lining after all…”Cornhole mimi-me” lol

AT least Canada is going to coach in the bowl game.

Comment by Jackagain 12.14.16 @ 8:59 pm

Note to Stallings: Better start recruiting fast buddy because next year is going to be bad and your boy just left town…

Comment by Jackagain 12.14.16 @ 9:01 pm

Just made me think of this:

Hey, asshole…Barnes is wasted. You’re fresh out of friends.

Comment by panther94 12.14.16 @ 9:11 pm

EJ is an AD in waiting. No experience. Wanny is a nice guy and passionate but might be in over his head. Need a guy that can unite, raise money and make the final decision on hires. Need a guy with a vision for the Pitt brand. And proponent of an OCS feasibility study. 🙂

Comment by TX Panther 12.14.16 @ 9:17 pm

What is it with Dec 14?

Comment by TX Panther 12.14.16 @ 9:17 pm

Oregon State’s BB team is a horrid 3 and 7. Having just lost to BB Titan, Savannah State.

So Herman is going to be in charge of another Head Bball Coach search.

Unless he has plans to bring along his former boss’s client, The Animal with him for 2017-18 season.

link to espn.com

Comment by Emel 12.14.16 @ 9:25 pm

There are 2 things I never liked about Barnes. His face.

Comment by wally 12.14.16 @ 9:28 pm

Oregon State’s BB Coach is Wayne Tinkle.

I kid you not. 🙂

Comment by Emel 12.14.16 @ 9:30 pm

You young future Pitt fans out there (all 12 of you), you better have a sense of humor or find another hobby….believe me….

Too funny Emel…..Barney will be right at home.

Nice one wally…

Comment by Jackagain 12.14.16 @ 9:43 pm

Looking at those Pac Standings Shawn Miller has his work cut out.

Comment by alcofan 12.14.16 @ 10:10 pm

Emel and especially Upittbaseball, don’t say another negative about Barnes. Upitt I blame you for Dixon. I don’t want to lose Barnes.

He is probably the best AD we will see for years to come. Give him a few years and you will see PITT on a higher level which is of course where we belong.

I’m talking about not just the two top sports but several so called minor sports and both genders.

A bunch of guys here were members of PITT’s minor sports. The experiences was as important as the 76 football National Championship.

It is an important part of college experience.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 12.14.16 @ 10:40 pm

Wasn’t Obama’s brother in law the BB coach at Oregon State?

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 12.14.16 @ 10:42 pm

No his wife played football for Oregon ! 🙂

I can see how you could get confused, for it surely is a confusing situation.

Comment by Emel 12.14.16 @ 11:30 pm

OPG – Barnes Sucks. Sorry to break the news to you. He hired Kevin Stallings through a recruiter who was being fired for poor performance. Need I say more?

4 weeks ago I said extend Canada and double increase his pay 50%. Proactive is not a wrd in Herman’s Vocabulary.

Comment by Upittbaseball 12.14.16 @ 11:31 pm

I agree with Upitt’s assessment of Barnes. He sucks and the K Stallings hire was a circus I would prefer not to see repeated.

We agree rarely

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 12.14.16 @ 11:56 pm

Panther94 that’s funny you thought of that line…

“Hey, asshole…Barnes is wasted. You’re fresh out of friends.”

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 12.15.16 @ 12:03 am

Put EJ in the AD position even if Barnes stays. Let Patrick Gallagher do the hiring and leave all the day to day to EJ.

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 12.15.16 @ 12:05 am

Barnes totally fubared the hiring of Dixon’s replacement. That settled it for me…the guy is incompetent at best, lazy and arrogant at worst.

His leaving would be in the best interest of Pitt Athletics. Gallagher would get a mulligan and have a chance to hire a competent AD that fits and wants to be in Pittsburgh. One from the southeast would also go a long way in helping bring Pitt more fully into the ACC good old boy clique…

Comment by Tommymac 12.15.16 @ 12:12 am

I hear the AD at LSU is a great fundraiser.

Comment by Erie Express 12.15.16 @ 6:33 am

Too late to close the ‘Barnes’ door, the horse (Canada) has already left for greener pastures.

Comment by Grizzly1 12.15.16 @ 8:11 am

They brought Barnes in because they thought money was the problem. So he came in with hot shot fund raising credentials and was going to show Yinz how it was done. Don’t worry about those plebians who actually buy tickets and attend the games. You don’t get it, they’re just “NOISE” you see. Step aside and let me show you how we do this out west.
Now, the first thing I am going to do get your basketball house in order. That’s my speciality you understand. Jamie makes too damn much money. A totally unnecessary expense. I have a number of high calibre coaches in my back pocket who are chomping at the bit to come here. So, Jamie, did you happen to see that want ad in Fort Worth? Good. Now that that is handled let me check my messages. I may be a while because I have to sort through all these basketball coach resumes and separate them from all the big checks coming in. Get my secretary! Somebody hid the mail! What? You’re joking right? Alright then dammit. Can you at least get me the want ads in Eugene?

Comment by wally 12.15.16 @ 8:56 am

Hmmmm. Disappointing. How about Corvallis?. Yes it’s in the United States.

Comment by wally 12.15.16 @ 9:04 am

There is turnover on coordinators at 25% of power 5 schools. This is the norm.

PSU replaced two coordinators last year. Worked out well for them.

Comment by notrocketscience 12.15.16 @ 10:00 am

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