The mass exodus of assistant coaches at the University of Wisconsin continued on Saturday, as the Badgers lost their third assistant coach since Bret Bielema left to take the head coaching position at Arkansas.
The latest Wisconsin coach on the move is offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who has taken the same job at North Carolina State according to a press release from the school.
Co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash will be joining Bielema in Razorback country, and on Friday, news broke that wide receiver coach Zach Azzanni would take the same position at Tennessee. Additionally, linebackers coach Andy Buh has reportedly been interviewed by Cal for an opening on its staff.
After spending just one season calling plays for the Badgers, Canada will be reunited with Dave Doeren, who he worked under at Northern Illinois in 2011. Doeren was named the head coach at NC State on Dec. 1, just one day after his Northern Illinois squad won the MAC title game in Detroit.
"I am grateful to Dave for the opportunity to join him at NC State," Canada said. "It's a special place and I think the future is bright for the program. I am excited to meet and begin working with our players."
Canada had an up-and-down season calling plays for UW in his first season in Madison. A slow start culminated in a 70 point offensive breakout in the Big Ten Championship Game against Nebraska.
With the uncertainty of who is going take over the Wisconsin football program, it's not a surprise to see coaches looking out for themselves. Unfortunately for the players at Wisconsin, it's the second season in a row that they will see a major overhaul of their coaching staff.
Most of the assistants are expected to stay on the Wisconsin staff through the end of the Rose Bowl. For UW's sake, let's hope Canada still has a few more tricks in the bag.
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