On Saturday, the North Carolina State Wolfpack football program confirmed a recent Sports Illustrated report that noted the team fired offensive coordinator Matt Canada following a 7-6 season that ended with a 51-28 Belk Bowl loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, per Joe Giglio of the News & Observer.
The firing may seem like it comes at an odd time considering Canada signed a three-year contract extension in January 2015 and the Wolfpack averaged 32.2 points per games this season—two more points than the previous season and nearly 10 more than their 2013 campaign.
However, Giglio responded to one of his Twitter followers who questioned the firing with a point referencing North Carolina State's inability to score in two key conference games:
Joe Giglio @jwgiglio
I understand your point but 13 points each in key losses to Louisville and Virginia Tech https://t.co/0R1ik31OtQ1/3/2016, 5:30:33 AM
Although the Wolfpack did score 41 points in a loss to Clemson, they also only tallied 17 against the Florida State Seminoles and had just 21 against Mississippi State until the final minute of the game.
Canada may not be out of a job for long considering North Carolina State was not the only team interested in the coach leading its offense.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy confirmed around the time he signed his extension last year, Canada was one of three finalists for the offensive coordinator position with the Tennessee Volunteers.