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Badgers turn to Canada as new offensive coordinator

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In a press release Tuesday afternoon, Wisconsin announced that Matt Canada has been tabbed as the Badgers’ new offensive coordinator.  The move comes almost four weeks after Paul Chryst accepted the head coaching job at Pittsburgh.

“I’m truly excited for the opportunity to come to Wisconsin,” Canada said in a statement. “It’s a program that I’ve followed closely for a number of years. I’ve always been impressed with their tradition, especially offensively with their style of play, and I can’t wait to be a part of that.”

Canada spent last season as the coordinator at Northern Illinois, his second stint at the MAC school; in 2003, he held the same position with the Huskies.  Prior to the his second go-around with NIU, he was the coordinator at Indiana for four years.

“Matt has a terrific history as an offensive coordinator and has excelled at developing quarterbacks throughout his career,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “I know he is very excited about running a pro-style offense and handling a game the way we typically have at Wisconsin. I think this is a great hire for us and I can’t wait for him to get to work with our coaches and players.”

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