Report: Matt Canada “Turned Down” Indiana Offensive Coordinator Job

The top choice of many Hoosier fans may be off the board.

Based on a report by Pittsburgh Sports Now, Indiana University alum and former offensive coordinator Matt Canada passed on an opportunity to return to that post in Bloomington.

In a story on the possibility that Canada might return to Pittsburgh, where he was also previously an offensive coordinator, Mike Vukovcan relayed this as it relates to Canada returning to IU —

“This same source told PSN that Canada has turned down an opportunity to become the offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Indiana. Apparently, Canada wasn’t comfortable with not having a big say in who his other offensive assistants would be and said no.”

The Hoosiers offensive assistants include assistant head coach and running backs coach Mike Hart, passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach Grant Heard, running game coordinator and offensive line coach Darren Hiller, and quarterbacks coach Nick Sheridan.

The tenures of all of the aforementioned IU offensive coaches coincide with Tom Allen becoming the head coach of the program.

Indiana has been searching for a new offensive coordinator since December 30th, when Mike DeBord announced his retirement.

Canada is an Indiana native, IU alumnus and former Hoosier coach.  He is the top choice of many fans in part due to his success leading offenses, including a Maryland offense that had one of the top rushing attacks in the Big Ten in 2018.

The New Palestine native has been an offensive coordinator at a number of different locations including Wisconsin, LSU, Pittsburgh and NC State.

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