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SU offense coach Mike Schmidt is reportedly leaving, with Steve Farmer replacing

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Syracuse offensive line coach Mike Schmidt is moving to Mississippi State, according to a report from On3. He will allegedly Will be replaced by Tulsa offensive line coach Steve Farmer.

Schmidt’s departure means SU has lost at least four assistant coaches this offseason, with the potential for a fifth as cornerbacks coach Chip West allegedly was targeted by Wake Forest. The orange previously lost the offensive coordinator Robert Anae to NC State, defense coordinator Tony White to Nebraska and defensive passing game coordinator Nick Monroe the Minnesota.

After being hired ahead of the 2021 season, Schmidt quickly had an impact on Syracuse’s fast attack and catapulted him to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference behind Sean Tucker’s breakout season. Schmidt developed a bigger role in offensive game planning in 2021, and sporting director John Wildhack singled out Schmidt as a key assistant after last season. Schmidt coached left tackle Matthew Bergeron, a Top NFL Prospectfor two years, and Airon Servais also received All-ACC honors while playing on Schmidt’s offensive line in 2021.

Farmer spent last season in Tulsa after three years coaching the offensive line at Texas Tech. Five different Red Raiders received Farmer All-Conference honors, and the unit ranked in the top 30 nationally for fewer sacks allowed in 2020 and 2021. and has also trained in Louisiana-Monroe, in the state of Illinois, in eastern Michigan and in eastern Illinois.

Syracuse loses three starters on offense but is expected to return next season with Chris Bleich, Kalan Ellis and Enrique Cruz.

Offensive coordinator Jason Beck said he will dueling as quarterbacks coach while SU will hire a new tight ends coach next season. The Orange has three assistant coaching slots to fill if West leaves.

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