Terps Name Locksley New Head Coach - Matt Canada Becomes Available

Terps Name Locksley New Head Coach - Matt Canada Becomes Available

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Terps Name Locksley New Head Coach - Matt Canada Becomes Available

After a season that could not have been more tumultuous off the field, the University of Maryland chose to wipe the slate clean and hire Mike Locksley as its new head football coach. Matt Canada, meanwhile, becomes available.

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For any Spartans out there who are fretting over the disappointment of Michigan State’s 2018 football season, stop and think about what the University of Maryland’s football program has been through and what it will be going through for a while.

When D.J. Durkin took over in College Park in 2016, there were plenty of reasons to think that the Terps would soon become a factor in the Big Ten.

Durkin was seen as a rising star after having had successful stints as a top assistant for Jim Harbaugh, Urban Meyer, and others.

However, after the tragic death of Jordan McNair this past June, Durkin was, of course, placed on administrative leave and eventually dismissed following a somewhat chaotic and confusing process by which the university handled the entire situation.

While Durkin spent much of the season on leave – and after Durkin’s official dismissal on October 31st – Maryland offensive coordinator Matt Canada served as the interim head coach for the Terps.

Under extremely challenging circumstances, Canada led the Terps impressively, guiding a team and a program in complete disarray to a 5-7 finish and almost pulled off the upset of the season in falling short against Ohio State, 52-51.

Matt Canada is a 46-year old veteran college football guy who has demonstrated skills as an expert in player development as well as having a bright, progressive, and respected approach to offensive strategy at Indiana, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, NC State, Pittsburgh, and LSU all before his time spent at Maryland.

It’s perfectly fair to speculate that Matt Canada would have been an easy choice as the Terps’ new head coach for the University of Maryland administration were it not for an apparent – and legitimate – decision to start fresh with an entirely new staff.

And unless Mike Locksley decides to keep Matt Canada, this would mean that Matt Canada would become available for a college football program that might be looking to give its offense a fresh start, a fresh voice, and a fresh direction.

It’s perfectly obvious to all Spartans that Michigan State’s offense needs work.

In 2016, the offense finished 89th in the nation and the Spartans limped to the program’s worst season since 1982 with a 3-9 record.

The 2017 team, of course, bounced back in a big way with a 10-3 record but the offense finished the season 76th in the nation.

With the 2018 regular season now complete, it’s hard to fathom that Michigan State finished the year with the 112th “best” offense in all of college football’s 129-team FBS.

We all know that Mark Dantonio emphasizes continuity and consistency with his staff – and we’ve appreciated that ever since he took over the program before the 2007 season.

However, when a guy like Matt Canada – respected and appreciated all across college football as one of the leading offensive minds – becomes available as he appears to be right now, perhaps it’s worth giving the guy a call.

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