Free Press sports writer Nick Baumgardner and columnist Jeff Seidel recap Michigan’s loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Tampa, Fla.
The changes to Michigan’s offensive coaching staff have started.
Michigan run game coordinator/tackles and tight ends coach Greg Frey is leaving the program after one year to take a position as Florida State’s new offensive line coach, according to a report from FOX’s Bruce Feldman.
Frey is a Florida State alum and played on the Seminoles national title team in 1993. He coached with Michigan through the Outback Bowl before meeting with new FSU coach Willie Taggart earlier this week in Florida.
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After working with Rich Rodriguez at Michigan in 2008-10, Frey was hired by Jim Harbaugh from Indiana prior to the start of the 2017 season. The Wolverines gave Frey a three-year deal worth $500,000 annually.
Now, he’s moving on.
Frey’s departure is one of what is expected to be a handful of moves on Harbaugh’s coaching staff this offseason. The Wolverines are currently planning to hire Cincinnati assistant Al Washington for a role yet to be determined. Washington will fill the void left by departed assistant Brian Smith.
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In addition, Michigan also has the opportunity to hire a 10th assistant coach next week, which means the Wolverines presently have two openings with Frey on the move.
Last month, reports surfaced that Michigan has been in contact with former Michigan State assistant and Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos about a position on its coaching staff. What that role would be remains to be seen.
Michigan’s offense was the leading factor behind the Wolverines’ 8-5 season in 2017, as the Wolverines finished the year with three straight sub-300 yard outputs.
The offense, coordinated by million-dollar staffers Pep Hamilton and Tim Drevno (Frey’s co-offensive line coach), ranked No. 105 nationally. The offensive line allowed 36 sacks, the second-worst number in the Big Ten.
Harbaugh indicated after the Outback Bowl he was going to examine every aspect of his program and “make improvements.”
How many more changes Michigan goes through within its coaching staff remains to be seen. But as of Thursday, the process was officially underway.
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