Pitt made official the hire of new offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
Canada comes to the Panthers after leading NC State’s offense the past 3 seasons. The Wolfpack were third in the ACC in scoring (33 PPG). Last season, his offense averaged 6.0 yards per play and piled up 5,311 yards of offense, 2nd- and 4th-best, respectively, in NC State football history.
Canada’s firing came as a surprise to many people including long-time Raleigh TV anchor Jeff Gravley, who’s covered NC State football for 30+ years.
This afternoon I talked to Gravley and he mentioned numerous times being surprised Canada was let go. Gravely told me he expected changes on NC State’s defensive staff not on the offensive side.
Under Canada’s direction, NC State averaged more than 30 points per game each of the past two seasons.
Gravley wondered if the reason for the change was a personality conflict that Canada might have had with someone at NC State. Gravley told me that he even talked to a major booster on the day of Canada’s firing who had no idea it was coming.
The long-time Raleigh sportscaster told me that he was impressed with the job that Canada did this season considering the number of major injuries he had to deal with.
What about Canada as a recruiter?
Gravley told me that Canada is an excellent recruiter, excelling in landing running backs and wide receivers. Canada was the chief recruiter in NC State landing 4-star freshman running back Nyheim Hines.