PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada joined “The Fan Morning Show” on 93-7 The Fan on Thursday to make his first appearance on the station, coming on the heels of his first signing day with the Panthers.
When Canada was named Pitt’s offensive coordinator on Jan. 8, he was reunited with old colleague Pat Narduzzi, who was a fellow assistant on Northern Illinois’ staff from 2000-02.READ MORE: Penguins Forward Teddy Blueger Undergoes Surgery For Fractured Jaw
Canada said that he was quite happy about that.
“I’ve always respected Pat and made no bones about the fact that Pat is very direct,” Canada said. “He tells you what he thinks, and I hope that I’m the same way, and that’s exactly where you want to be. You can come in and you can get along with anybody, as long as you know where you stand, and what you want.”
Canada explained that his fondness for Narduzzi has only grown over the past four weeks.READ MORE: Pa. Liquor Control Board Hosting Rare Whiskey Auction
“It’s something we had tried to get worked out, and really, really fortunate it was able to work out now, and I’m very excited about it,” Canada said. “Every day, I continue to get more excited…the way things are handled, and the way things are done by coach is exactly where I want to be, so I’m really, really excited to be with Pat.”
Canada also said that he’s thrilled to get the chance to play at Heinz Field and share practice facilities with the Steelers, which he sees as a great asset for the program.
“To be able to play in that facility is certainly going to be an exciting experience for me, but it’s great for our players [too],” Canada said. “And then when you…walk in the office, and next door is the Steelers complex – and I actually talked to Coach Tomlin yesterday walking in – and that experience, and that ability to be around that staff and to interact with that team is something that’s very, very unique for anybody in our business, so I’m really excited about that.”
The interview can be heard here: