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REPORT: Syracuse football hiring Dale Williams to solve offensive line woes

He will mark the first addition from outside of Fran Brown’s direct coaching tree.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 12 Purdue at Illinois Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Fran Brown has been making splashes in recruiting and the transfer portal, and now he’s set to bring in another coach to join the Syracuse Orange staff.

John Brice of Football Scoop reported that Dale Williams will become Syracuse’s new offensive line coach. Williams, 53, spent the 2023 season as an offensive analyst with the ACC runner-up Louisville Cardinals.

Before that, he was Jeff Brohm’s offensive line coach at Purdue from 2017-2022. During those six seasons, the Boilermaker offense was electric, averaging around 400 yards per game in four, and near 440 in both 2018 and 2021.

Purdue had a traditional pro-style offense during that time, yet their linemen excelled in both run and pass blocking. That balanced attack was a big part of why Williams closed out his tenure in West Lafayette with a Big Ten Championship appearance.

Williams has also coached at Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic.

The Cleveland native replaces Steve Farmer, who spent just one year in CNY. The o-line is on somewhat of a positive track, allowing only 25 sacks through 12 games this year, compared to 42 overall in 2022. Still, the lack of quality depth at the position showed itself many times over the course of this fall, and mounting injuries across the offense forced a late-season change in scheme to help compensate.

Elijah Robinson is the only other coach Brown has officially named for next season, with his fellow elite recruiter taking over as the defensive coordinator. Nick WIlliams is reported to be the new defensive line coach and Brown stated that Nunzio Campanile will remain on the staff, but we do not know what his role will be.

Current New York Giants’ running backs coach Jeff Nixon is expected to become the team’s new offensive coordinator, though it has been a few days since there has been any new update on that front - he’s probably enjoying some cutlets with Tommy until the G-men officially fall out of the playoff picture. Two other offensive coaches have been reportedly added: Ross Douglas (wide receivers) and Devin Redd (assistant wide receivers). Williams and Redd were listed as on the road recruiting so it would seem those hires are official at this time.