Reinforcing the idea that Pitt can't have nice things, Bruce Feldman confirmed what has been rumored the past couple of days: LSU is interested in Matt Canada for their open OC position under new head coach Ed Orgeron
#Pitt's Matt Canada, the only OC who was a finalist for Broyles Award, is expected to meet w/ #LSU tomorrow. Would be a huge get for Tigers— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 12, 2016
And Football Scoop, who Pitt fans should be very familiar with at this point, also chimed in
Can confirm as @RossDellenger reported yesterday Matt Canada is very much in play for LSU OC. Should have answer in 24-48 hours we’re told— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) December 12, 2016
This situation seems to be developing because Lane Kiffin was originally thought to be a shoe-in for the LSU OC job after reports of friction between him and Nick Saban. Kiffin has now accepted the Florida Atlantic head coaching position, which obviously means he won't be LSU's offensive coordinator. Seems like Matt Canada is now their next target.
This goes without saying, but this would be a very very bad development for Pitt. Pitt's offense was one of the nation's best, and not only put up points but put them up in extremely fun and exciting ways. If Matt Canada is looking for the most money, Pitt won't be able to play that game with LSU. LSU recently extended their contract with defensive coordinator Dave Arranda for $1.8 million. LSU paid their last OC $1.2 million. Pitt fans should pray that Canada's relationship with Narduzzi is worth a few hundred thousand dollars.
It's been one year to the day that Jim Chaney left for Georgia, by the way.