North Carolina State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada has been let go after three seasons, according to sources.
The surprising move by Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren comes on the heels of his team being third in the ACC in scoring this season (33.2 points per game) behind only North Carolina and Clemson. That ranks 38th in the FBS this season.
Under Canada, North Carolina State is also 32nd nationally in rushing yards per game this season (201.4). Last season, his offense averaged 6 yards per play and racked up 5,311 yards of total offense, second- and fourth-best respectively in school history.
The Wolfpack also had 2,659 rushing yards last year, the fourth highest total in school history. The past two seasons Canada has also helped rejuvenate the career of graduating starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
After two lackluster seasons at Florida and sitting out 2013 due to his transfer, Brissett has developed into a potential mid-round pick in April’s NFL draft. He threw for 5,268 yards with 43 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions in his two seasons with the Wolfpack.
Prior to Canada’s arrival at North Carolina State with Doeren, Canada was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Wisconsin’s 2012 Big Ten championship team and Northern Illinois’ 2011 MAC title team.
North Carolina State finished with a 7-6 record this season, including a 51-28 loss to Mississippi State in the Belk Bowl in which the Bulldogs had 569 yards offensively. Doeren has an 18-20 record in his three seasons with the Wolfpack