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MM 1.16: Matt Canada hired by Pittsburgh Steelers as quarterbacks coach

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Former Maryland football interim head coach Matt Canada was hired as the quarterbacks coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday.

Before Canada was brought on to the Maryland staff, he served as an offensive coordinator at several different schools including Indiana, NC State, Wisconsin, Pitt, and LSU.

Originally hired as assistant coach at Maryland for the 2018 season, he was abruptly promoted to interim head coach after DJ Durkin was put on administrative leave, and then later fired.

Despite the sudden move and turmoil around the program following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, the Terps finished the 2018 season with a 5-7 record under Canada — one game shy of a bowl appearance. Despite the sub .500 record, the season was an improvement from 2017, in which the Terps finished 4-8.

Canada will be joining a Steelers team that finished the 2019 season with an 8-8 record. Pittsburgh has now missed out on the playoffs two years in a row. The hiring will provide some support for offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, who has served both in that position and quarterbacks coach since 2018.

In other news

After another crushing Maryland men’s basketball defeat, Sean offered his three takeaways from Tuesday’s game in Madison.

Maryland will host Nationals President and General Manager Mike Rizzo for Saturday’s game against Purdue.

The Terps are trying to get fans to #StripeOutXfinity for Saturday’s game.

The first episode of the new Maryland football documentary series is officially streaming.

Maryland women’s basketball has a special giveaway for tonight’s game against Nebraska.

Maryland men’s lacrosse team finished up its final video shoots in preparation for the upcoming season.

Maryland baseball continued to prepare for the upcoming season, taking advantage of the nice weather.

Maryland softball welcomed two Junior College signees to the 2020 class Wednesday: Ruby Butler and Haley Ellefson.