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LSU coach Ed Orgeron: ‘Matt Canada right now is our offensive coordinator. He will call plays in the game’

December 29, 2017

ORLANDO, Florida — Matt Canada remains LSU’s offensive coordinator, for now, and he will call plays in the Citrus Bowl, coach Ed Orgeron confirmed upon the team’s arrival at the bowl site Thursday.

“This is about these young men, about us coming to play Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl, about us winning 10 games. That’s what our focus is on,” Orgeron said when asked about Canada. “Matt right now is our offensive coordinator. He will call plays in the game. Our focus is on beating Notre Dame.”

The team arrived Thursday night for its five-night stay at the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World, with a juicy storyline hanging over the beginning of this bowl trip — the future of Canada, the first-year coordinator.

The school plans to split with Canada after the bowl game, ending his short stay in Baton Rouge, multiple sources have told The Advocate over the last two weeks. Officials at LSU have been in discussion with Canada’s representatives on a potential settlement for a split with the coach.

Canada, the 45-year-old offensive whiz who the Tigers plucked from Pittsburgh last December, was with the team as players and coaches departed five buses, all of them strolling into a plush ballroom that will serve as the primary team meeting room. Canada was all smiles exiting the bus with receivers coach Mickey Joseph.

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