Matt Canada reportedly turned down an offer to return to his alma mater and run the offense at Indiana, according to a report.
Per Pittsburgh Sports Now, Canada had conversations with head coach Tom Allen about becoming the Hoosiers’ offensive coordinator for the 2019 season. Canada, apparently, lost interest in the vacancy when he was told he wouldn’t be able to assemble his offensive staff.
Indiana has been looking to fill the offensive coordinator position since Mike DeBord resigned from the post earlier this month after two seasons in Bloomington.
Canada would’ve been an excellent to take over the offense at Indiana. Not only does he have a wealth of B1G experience, he also graduated from the university and was a member of the staff from 2005-2010.
Pittsburgh Sports Now is also reporting that Canada has been in discussions with Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi regarding a potential return, as well. Canada had a brief, one-year stint at Pitt in 2016.
Canada’s name has also been mentioned as a potential candidate for the head coaching vacancy at Northern Illinois. He served on the Huskies’ staff twice, with his first run stretching from 1998-2003 and his return coming in 2011 for just one season.
This past season, Canada was hired to be the offensive coordinator on DJ Durkin’s staff at Maryland. When Durkin was placed on administrative leave and eventually fired, Canada was promoted to interim head coach. He led the Terrapins to a 5-7 season, including an upset win over Texas in the opener.
Canada was a strong candidate to land the permanent position in College Park, but the university opted to hire Alabama offensive coordinator and former assistant Mike Locksley.
Indiana is still on the market for an offensive coordinator. Allen said there is no timetable in making a hire but he hoped to have someone in place “as soon as possible.”