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SOUTH BEND,IN - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Nick Sheridan #8 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass the ball during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 13, 2008 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Two hirings complete Tom Allen’s first Indiana coaching staff

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Entering the first full week of February, Tom Allen had two openings on his initial Indiana coaching staff.  With the second weekend of the month upon us, he now has none.  Again.

In  press release Friday, Allen announced that he has added Darren Hiller and Nick Sheridan as offensive assistants.  The former will serve as offensive line coach as well as running-game coordinator, the latter as quarterbacks coach.

With the twin hirings, which had previously been reported as likely HERE and HERE, Allen’s nine-man on-field staff is complete.

“I have known Darren Hiller for a number of years and have always been so impressed with him, both as a person and as a coach,” Allen said in a statement. “He is a tremendous teacher in the area of the offensive line. Darren does a great job mentoring young men and finding ways to motivate them to play at their highest level. He has been a part of a tremendous offensive attack at South Florida and I think that will continue with us here at Indiana.

“Nick Sheridan is a young offensive mind that I am very impressed with. I love the fact that he is a coach’s son. He has been around this game his entire life. I know that we feel like we got a young Shawn Watson in Nick Sheridan.”

Watson left Bloomington late last month to take the coordinator job at Pitt, for those wondering why his name was included in the quote.

Hiller had just been hired by new Houston head coach Major Applewhite for the the same job last month.  He replaces Greg Frey, who left late last month for a spot on Jim Harbaugh‘s Michigan staff.

Prior to that new — and brief — job at UH, Hiller had spent the 2016 season at USF. He’s also coached FBS-level lines at Cincinnati (2013-15), Nevada (2012) and Arkansas State (2002-11).

Sheridan’s hiring, which comes just a handful of weeks after he was hired to coach tailbacks at Central Michigan, reconnects him with Mike DeBord, who coached Sheridan when he was a quarterback at Michigan and recently took over as the Hoosiers’ offensive coordinator.  Prior to landing his first on-field job at CMU, Sheridan spent 2014-16 as an offensive graduate assistant at Tennessee.

Indiana reportedly turning to Houston to replace assistant lost to Michigan

BLOOMINGTON, IN - OCTOBER 15:  Indiana Hoosiers cheerleaders perform during the game aganst the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Indiana appears to be wasting little time in filling the most recent hole on its coaching staff.

Just a little over a week after losing a coach to a rival Big Ten school, multiple media outlets HERE and HERE are reporting that Darren Hiller is expected to be hired as IU’s new offensive line coach. Hiller had just been hired by new Houston head coach Major Applewhite for the the same job last month.

Hiller would replace Greg Frey, who left late last month for a spot on Jim Harbaugh‘s Michigan staff.

Prior to the new job at UH, Hiller had spent the 2016 season at USF. He’s also coached FBS-level lines at Cincinnati (2013-15), Nevada (2012) and Arkansas State (2002-11).

First-year head coach Tom Allen has been busy of late replacing coaches he’d already had in place. In addition to Frey, Allen was forced to replace Shawn Watson, who left his job as IU’s quarterbacks coach for the coordinator job at Pittsburgh.

Indiana reportedly rounds out coaching staff with Houston assistant, former Michigan QB Nick Sheridan

MADISON, WI - NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Lloyd Carr of the Michigan Wolverines yells at referees as Nick Sheridan #8 signals in a play to the quarterback against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 10, 2007 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Michigan 37-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Not long ago, Nick Sheridan was throwing passes in the Big Ten as a Michigan quarterback. Now it appears he’s back in the conference coaching players to throw passes to beat the Wolverines.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Indiana is set to hire Sheridan as the team’s new quarterbacks coach, replacing Shawn Watson after he departed to become Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator on Thursday. The move comes just weeks after Sheridan was hired to coach tailbacks at Central Michigan last month but reunites him with mentor Mike DeBord, who coached Sheridan in Ann Arbor and recently took over as the Hoosiers’ offensive coordinator.

The pair also spent time at Tennessee, where DeBord was the play caller for the Vols and Sheridan had served as a graduate assistant in one of several coaching stops after concluding his career at Michigan in 2009.

And for those wondering, Jim Harbaugh and Michigan head to Bloomington on October 14 this season.

Head coach Tom Allen  also completed the coaching staff for the 2017 season by adding Houston offensive line coach Darren Hiller for the same position in a move first reported by Fox Sports on Friday.

Big Ten National Signing Day recap: Ohio State lands historic class, Michigan not far behind

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 28:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines after a 42-13 Ohio State win at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Big Ten is the same as it ever was after National Signing Day with Ohio State and Michigan once again leading the way thanks to a boat load of talent headed their way. Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh both have proven to be some of the top coaches in college football and that is certainly apparent every February when the two land a pair of top five classes like they did this year.

The Buckeyes’ haul is particularly notable as one of the few groups that can keep pace with No. 1 ranked Alabama, even edging the Tide’s class when it comes to the average star ranking of the 21 signees. That historic haul for OSU includes the top cornerback, outside linebacker, offensive guard and top junior college defensive back. As if that isn’t enough talent headed to Columbus, the second-ranked defensive end, dual-threat quarterback and all-purpose back are also in the fold.

The Wolverines were no slouch either and managed to already enroll 11 top players early. In addition, Harbaugh and his staff reached into the South for defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon and several IMG Academy stars. Defending champion Penn State made a late surge as well and Nebraska made a very nice push into Southern California to land a quality class.

Top recruits (all rankings via 247Sports Composite): No. 7 overall Jeffrey Okudah (CB, Ohio State), No. 8 overall Chase Young (DE, OSU), No. 11 Baron Browning (LB, OSU), No. 12 overall Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR, Michigan)

Top 25 classes: No. 2 Ohio State, No. 5 Michigan, No. 15 Penn State, No. 18 Maryland, No. 23 Nebraska

Biggest storyline: Ohio State, Michigan find plenty of success nationally

Everybody knows the two Big Ten powerhouses will perform well on the recruiting trail given their coaching staffs, history of success and ability to put players in the league. But what might be most impressive this year is the amazing reach the two displayed in mining the entire country for talent. Meyer went to Nevada for a top quarterback, landed more blue-chippers from Texas than any in-state school and beat out just about everybody in the South for prospects from Florida. The Wolverines, meanwhile, beat out Alabama and Georgia for a five-star defensive tackle and recruited even more nationally than Notre Dame with signees from 14 different states.

Biggest surprise: Maryland lands a top 20 class

There’s always a head-turner in the team rankings each year and in 2017 that might be the fact that Maryland landed a top 20 classes and the fourth-best in the Big Ten. That includes a whopping nine four-star recruits for D.J. Durkin’s team, led by tailback Cordarrian Richardson straight from the heart of SEC territory. The team had a nice turnaround last season and appear primed to climb more based on how they did Wednesday.

Don’t sleep on: Nebraska, Iowa

Mike Riley is no stranger to the West Coast thanks to his days at USC and Oregon State and he’s clearly leaning heavily on those ties in putting together a great group for the Cornhuskers in 2017. Big Red wrestled away Nevada receiver Tyjon Lindsey away from Ohio State and beat out a bunch of names for early enrollee quarterback Tristan Gebbia from Southern California. There’s been a major infusion of speed and quickness with this class. As for the Hawkeyes, they managed to lure a surprising commitment from a five-star defensive end and really upgraded some of the skill position talent.

We’ll see about: Michigan State, Wisconsin

The usual suspects dominated the top spots in the team rankings but that wasn’t quite the case for two teams that love to recruit, develop and then crank out talent for the next level in Michigan State and Wisconsin. The two schools combined for just six four-star players on Wednesday but still managed to finish with a pair of top 40 classes. Given how well the coaching staffs have been able to find some hidden gems, chances are high that will be the case once again with their 2017 signees, even if it takes a few seasons before those results will be realized.

Michigan formally announces addition of Greg Frey as assistant coach

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 10: The Michigan Wolverines enter the field prior to the start of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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The latest addition to Jim Harbaugh‘s Michigan coaching staff is a familiar one in Ann Arbor.

Coming on the heels of significant speculation the past few days, UM officially announced Thursday that Greg Frey has joined Harbaugh as a Wolverines assistant.  Specifically, Frey will handle offensive tackles and tight ends.  Additionally, he’ll carry the title of running-game coordinator.

Jay Harbaugh, the head coach’s son who coached tight ends last season, will move over to running backs.

The hiring of Frey serves as a return for the coach as he was an assistant on Rich Rodriguez‘s staff.  From 2008-10, Frey served as the Wolverines’ line coach.

“We are excited to welcome Greg back to the Michigan football program and University community,” said Harbaugh in a statement. “Coach Frey has a proven track record of success; his character, work ethic and dedication are at the highest level. Greg has also been outstanding at developing NFL talent at the offensive line and running back positions, and his knowledge of run game principles will undoubtedly benefit our offense. We are eager to have Greg, his wife Andrea and their four boys join our football family.”

After leaving UM in 2010, Frey spent the past six seasons at Indiana.  In addition to his line duties, Frey held titles of running-game coordinator (2012-13), co-offensive coordinator (2014-15) and assistant head coach (2016) during is time with the Hoosiers.

In 2015, Frey was a nominee for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.

“It is an honor and privilege to be able to return to the University of Michigan,” said Frey. “I am humbled and excited about this opportunity to work with Coach Jim Harbaugh, one of the leading minds in all of football, while joining an amazing staff that he has assembled at Michigan. I look forward to watching our student-athletes develop as great men, students and athletes. I’m ready to get to work representing this University and football program.”