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Interim football coach Matt Canada relies on experience coaching amid tragedies to help him lead Maryland

Interim football coach Matt Canada relies on experience coaching amid tragedies to help him lead Maryland

If anyone on the Maryland football coaching staff understands the task of helping a team get through the emotional struggle of offensive lineman Jordan McNair’s death from heatstroke, it is new offensive coordinator and current interim head coach Matt Canada.

Canada, 46, has been part of one staff at Northern Illinois that had to prepare a team for a season while mourning the death of a player, and part of another staff at Indiana that had its head coach diagnosed with and eventually succumb to cancer.

Since third-year coach DJ Durkin was placed on administrative leave Aug. 11, Canada has been in charge. It means not only helping prepare the Terps for Saturday’s season...

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