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REPORT: Illinois to hire Miami (FL) defensive backs coach Paul Williams

Williams spent the last five seasons at Miami under Al Golden

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According to multiple media reports, former Miami (FL) defensive backs coach Paul Williams is headed to Champaign to fill a similar role on Bill Cubit's staff at Illinois; the news was first reported by Dave Wischnowsky on Wednesday morning.

Williams, who will coach the Hurricanes in their Sun Bowl contest against Washington State on Saturday, was also on Cubit's staff at Western Michigan from 2005-2006. In total, Williams has 19 seasons of collegiate coaching experience.

During the 2014 season, Williams helped develop Miami’s secondary into one the ACC’s best units. As a group, the defensive backs held opponents to under 200 yards per game while ranking third in the league and 17th nationally.

Williams was known for heavily recruiting Florida during his five-year stint at Miami. According to 247Sports, he was the lead recruiter for five four-star prospects including Artie Burns (2013 CB) and Jaquan Johnson (2015 S).

Cubit's staff actually seems to be coming along quite nicely despite the controversy surrounding his new two-year deal. According to Jeremy Werner, though, the program is still on the hunt for a new linebackers coach, and another hire could be announced relatively soon.

Keep in mind, the program's acquisition of Williams hasn't been made official yet. We'll make sure to keep you updated on the story as it progresses.