Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Wolverine Wednesday: Will Greg Fry Stay in Florida?

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Michigan running game coordinator Greg Frey is going home for the Outback Bowl.  He grew up outside of Tampa Bay in Clearwater, Florida.  He also played his college football a bit North of there for Bobby Bowden at Florida State.  Greg even won a National Championship at FSU in 1992.

Greg is on his second tour of duty in Ann Arbor after Rich Rod hired him in 2008.  He has had successful stints at Indiana and Michigan and has sent over 20 kids to the NFL.  Jimmy hired him less then a year ago in late January 2017.

Jimmy brought in Greg to help the offensive line in the running game and to recruit Florida.  I would say the jury is still out on both areas in Greg's first full year. 

Now there are a couple of reports that Greg could be leaving Michigan to join Willie Taggart at Florida State.  As you know, Jimmy and Willie are very close and I assume any move would have Jim's blessing.  The issue I believe is pay.  FSU is known not to pay their assistants top dollar and there is a question if Florida State would be able to match Greg's current compensation at Michigan.  So Greg might have to take a pay cut to go home. 

If Greg does leave, Michigan would have two open coaching positions after the bowl game.  The NCAA is allowing each team to add a 10th assistant and of course Greg's spot. 

Would it be a big blow to lose Greg?  Hard to tell at this point, I'm not sure Greg's style of zone blocking in a spread offense is a good fit with Jimmy's offensive style.  I personally would have loved to seen a couple of years of proof before we made that decision or not.   So to net it out, if Jimmy is letting him go to a friend, I believe he thinks he is a better fit at FSU then in Ann Arbor. 

  • Jedd Fisch coached UCLA last night to a bowl game loss.  Josh Rosen didn't play due to a concussion.

  • Here is video link to Michigan's first practice in Tampa for the Outback Bowl.

  • Michigan has offered 2018 4 star Texas WR Tommy Bush.


Scott K said...

I don't know if Frey is the answer to our O-line woes or not... but damn, we need some stability until that facet of the team is executing consistently!!
5 days till kick off!!


Bob said...

I agree Scott, would like to see what he could do developing the young talented guys we have.