Novak on Canada: 'If Tennessee is interested, he is a great choice'

Novak on Canada: 'If Tennessee is interested, he is a great choice'

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Novak on Canada: 'If Tennessee is interested, he is a great choice'

KNOXVILLE — Joe Novak has been retired from football after his 12-year tenure ended in 2007 as the head coach at Northern Illinois.

Novak stays connected to the sport as he currently serves on the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions.

During the 2003 season at Northern Illinois, Novak’s team finished 10-2 and defeated three Power 5 teams: No. 15 Maryland, No. 21 Alabama and Iowa State.

Matt Canada served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach that season for the Huskies and Novak continues to stay in touch with his former assistant.

Novak also understands that Canada is currently part of the coaching carousel after Mike Locksley was named Maryland’s head coach. Canada was hired as Maryland’s offensive coordinator in Jan. 2018, one season removed as LSU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

On August 11, 2018, Canada became the interim head coach for Maryland after head coach D.J. Durkin was placed on administrative leave.

“I know how the coaching carousel works,” Novak told Vols Wire. “I would doubt he stays on at Maryland considering he was the interim head coach and a candidate for the job. I would doubt the new coach will keep him.

“If Tennessee is interested in Matt, he is a wonderful coach and is proven and innovated, he is a great choice if they decide to go that route.”

If Tennessee were to hire Canada, he would want to implement his philosophies and run his own offense.

“He is going to want to do his thing since he has a philosophy,” Novak said. “So let him him do it. The only place there was a difference in philosophy was at LSU.

“His players execute very well and are successful. He does what looks like a lot of things, but for the players it is a simple offense.”

 

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