Matt Canada’s settlement with LSU could be voided if the former offensive coordinator “interferes” in the football program’s activities or if he “discourages” players or staff in the transition to a new coordinator.
He also cannot “interfere” with LSU prospects, some of whom he once recruited.
The Advocate obtained the eight-page separation agreement through a public records request, a document that ended a sometimes messy 12-month marriage between the school and Canada. Officially, Canada’s final day with the school was Tuesday. The agreement officially terminated his original contract with LSU on Wednesday.
The coach will be paid $1.7 million of the $3.4 million left on his contract. He will get a lump sum of $1 million before the end of this month, and the school will pay the remaining amount in 20 monthly installments of $35,000. Those payments begin Feb. 28, according to the agreement.
In the settlement, both sides – LSU and Canada – agreed on non-disparagement clauses, forbidding them from making public statements that “defame, disparage or criticize” one another. The non-disparagement provision is a “material provision of the agreement and that any breach of this shall be a material breach of his agreement and that (Canada/LSU) would be harmed by violation of (the) provision.”
The two sides also agreed on a “waiver of claims,” both agreeing to never bring a lawsuit against the other.
LSU will add a quarterback this spring after all.
The non-interference agreement, meanwhile, is one-sided. That agreement states that Canada agrees he shall not:
- Interfere in any way with the activities of LSU’s football team or athletics department and shall not discourage the staff or current members of the football team from cooperating in the transition to a new offensive coordinator or from performing their duties to the best of their abilities.
- Interfere with or discourage student-athletes who have signed national letters of intent to enroll at LSU.
LSU announced Wednesday what The Advocate reported Monday night – longtime assistant and former LSU QB Steve Ensminger will replace Canada as offensive coordinator. The announcement somewhat brings an end to what’s been a drama-filled two weeks with regards to LSU’s offensive coordinator position.
As previously reported, the relationship between coach Ed Orgeron and Canada deteriorated through the season. The two became icy with one another and rarely spoke.
The Derrius Guice era at LSU is at its expected end.
LSU announced Steve Ensminger as its offensive coordinator Wednesday, and the program will introduce him at a news conference at noon Thursday.