Indiana appears to be losing a nationally-recognized assistant.
Offensive line coach Greg Frey is set to take a similar position at Michigan, according to a report from themichiganinsider.com’s Sam Webb. With the Wolverines, Frey would oversee the tackles and tight ends, while serving as run game coordinator.
A 2015 nominee for the Broyles Award, which recognizes college football’s top assistant, Frey built a reputation in Bloomington as one of the top offensive line coaches in the nation during his six years with the Hoosiers. He was also heralded in the recruiting realm, using his deep connections to his home state of Florida to help Indiana develop ties to the South’s fertile recruiting ground.
The Herald-Times’ salary database shows Frey was the highest-paid non-coordinator on IU’s football staff in 2016, making $375,000. At Michigan, Frey’s could receive a significant salary boost. For example, former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton will make $1 million as Michigan’s newly-hired passing game coordinator in 2017.
With the Hoosiers, Frey developed left tackle Jason Spriggs and right guard Dan Feeney into All-Americans and integral parts of IU’s 2015 Big Ten-best offense. Prior to joining former coach Kevin Wilson’s staff in 2011, Frey spent three seasons in Ann Arbor under coach Rich Rodriguez, helping to develop David Molk into the nation’s best center.
While Frey had a hand in recruiting offensive line standouts like Taylor Lewan at Michigan and Feeney at Indiana, he also did well landing players beyond his position. Frey played a significant role in pulling safety Jonathan Crawford out of Florida. Frey’s reach also extended to key areas in Ohio.
All the while, his recruiting influence was not limited to players. After the 2015 season, Frey also suggested to Wilson that he look at Tom Allen as a candidate to become IU’s next defensive coordinator.
Now IU’s head coach, Allen appears to have a significant hole to fill on his coaching staff.