Maryland Football: Top 5 candidates for Terps’ new head coach

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5.  Matt Canada

Current Terps interim head football coach Matt Canada is an obvious recommendation. Maryland is 5-3 while heading into week 10 and ranked 54th overall per the S&P+. The Terrapins offense, however, is the low point of the 2018 season. The Terps offense is ranked 89th per the S&P+ while the defense is ranked 37th and the kicking game is 17th. That means Matt Canada is doing a better job of running the program than he is the offense.

Canada has also shown an inability to stay put for long. Kevin Plank may not want to dish out a bunch of time and money into a first-time head coach who has had six different jobs since the start of the 2011 season. Before his one year stint at Northern Illinois in 2011, Canada did manage to stay at Indiana for seven seasons in a variety of roles. An Indiana native, Canada might be waiting for a position at Purdue or Indiana to open up as Jeff Brohm could be headed for greener pastures after his Boilermakers upset number two Ohio State this season.

Matt Canada has done a good job keeping the Maryland program on task as the interim head coach, however, there is a little baggage with his resume. Think about this – the Terps decided to reinstate Durkin even though Canada was having a better season than even Maryland fans expected. To boot, Durkin was just let go and Canada remains as the interim. That tag hasn’t been lifted. All signs point to an open search that doesn’t include Matt Canada this winter.