We opened up a broader conversation regarding the construction of Coach Doeren’s new coaching staff at NC State – including a suggestion of an attractive candidate for the staff – in this entry that I definitely encourage you to check out.
This morning it has been reported that University of Wisconsin offensive coordinator, Matt Canada, has been offered the same position on Coach Doeren’s new staff in Raleigh. Canada was Doeren’s offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois in 2011 before heading over to Wisconsin this past season.
UW athletic director Barry Alvarez is high on Canada and was pushing to keep him with the program, according to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not cleared to speak on personnel matters.
According to the source, Canada was waiting as long as he could to see who Alvarez might hire as UW’s next head coach, but Doeren wanted a decision by Friday morning.
A job posting for a new offensive coordinator appeared on the UW website earlier in the day, but that reportedly is a procedural matter. According to UW officials, the jobs of all nine assistants will be posted by the end of Friday, because their contracts expire Feb. 3.
Canada worked as the offensive coordinator under Doeren at Northern Illinois in 2011 before coming to UW. Doeren, a former UW defensive coordinator, was upset at the time about losing Canada to the Badgers.
While Canada received some heat from fans earlier in the season, his creative offensive game plan was a major factor in the Badgers’ 70-31 victory over Nebraska in the Big Ten Conference title game.
According to reports, Doeren first offered the job to Utah State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt Wells, who turned it down.
You can click here to see Canada’s current profile on the Wisconsin website that talks mostly about his success at Northern Illinois. Canada’s entire coaching career has been spent in the midwest – having also coached at Indiana and Butler.
You can click here for an ‘introduction to Matt Canada’ from the Bleacher Report. (God forgive me for linking something from that site).