BATON ROUGE, La. — You can’t claim that LSU coach Ed Orgeron is unprepared.
Less than an hour after news broke that Tigers offensive line coach Jeff Grimes was leaving to fill the offensive coordinator role at Brigham Young, news leaked that his replacement had already been found.
SEC Country confirmed through an LSU source that Los Angeles Chargers assistant offensive line coach James Cregg is heading to Baton Rouge to coach the LSU offensive line. The news was originally reported by Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.
Cregg is in his first season with the Chargers after spending three seasons in the same role with the Denver Broncos. He was on the Broncos’ staff when they won Super Bowl 50 in 2016.
Cregg has a well-established history with Orgeron. The duo went head-to-head in practice on a daily basis from 2009-13. Cregg and Orgeron served under Lane Kiffin at Tennessee in 2009, then left with him for USC, where they coached from 2010-13. Orgeron was the defensive line coach at both schools while Cregg served as offensive line coach.
Cregg was hired by the Broncos after Orgeron did not earn the full-time head coaching job at USC after the 2013 season. Cregg has also served as an assistant coach for Idaho, Colgate and the Oakland Raiders.
Cregg is a native of Syracuse, N.Y. who played at Colorado State. He was a freshman on the CSU team that beat the Tigers in 1992.
Grimes is expected to remain on the LSU coaching staff through the Citrus Bowl. It is unclear when Cregg will arrive at LSU with the Chargers remaining in the thick of the AFC West divisional race.
LSU already has commitments from four Class of 2018 offensive linemen recruited by Grimes. The nation’s top-rated junior college tackle, Badara Traore, top-rated Louisiana offensive lineman Cameron Wire, Under Armour All-American center Cole Smith and JUCO guard Damien Lewis are all expected to remain with the Tigers.
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