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LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada on the field before kickoff against Notre Dame, Monday, January 1, 2018, in the Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

And just like that, Matt Canada is off to Maryland. 

After a whirwind season and divorce from LSU, the Terrapins have hired Canada to be their offensive coordinator — his seventh coaching stop since 2010. 

A source confirmed the news to The Advocate on Tuesday. 

He is expected to receive a three-year contract from the Terrapins. Canada’s hiring at Maryland does not affect the $1.7 million that LSU owes him as part of the mutual separation agreement the two sides agreed upon on Jan. 6.

Canada's future pay does not affect his separation agreement with the LSU, according to the copy of the deal, obtained through a public records request. The school owes him $1 million before the end of January and will pay him $700,000, in monthly installments of $35,000, for the next 20 months. 

The marriage between LSU and Canada lasted just over 12 months, and the split was somewhat unusual. Canada, for instance, agreed to a buyout of his contract, originally three years for $1.5 million a year — a sign that the university was reluctant to pay the full amount remaining on his deal. Under the original contract, the school would have owed him about $3.4 million that would have been offset by any future wages earned. 

The separation agreement includes language that paints a picture of a bitter relationship.

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 two sides also agreed on a “waiver of claims,” both agreeing to never bring a lawsuit against the other.

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.

The exact terms of Canada's deal with Maryland were not disclosed, according to a report from The Baltimore Sun. Canada will replace Walt Bell, will become the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida State.

Longtime coach Steve Ensminger, who led LSU on an interim basis after the firings of Les Miles and Cam Cameron, has been announced as Canada's replacement at LSU. 

Information from The Advocate staff writer Ross Dellenger was used in this report.