The Piper lures another to USC
Lane Kiffin sounded the music on his way out of Knoxville and quickly gathered followers on the California trail. With his father, Monte, and assistant coach Ed Orgeron followed close behind, it was only a matter of time before the Pied Piper aroused other listeners. James Cregg becomes the latest to be lured, but is hardly an unexpected addition to the new assembly at USC.
Pat Reul coached the offensive line for four years under Pete Carroll. In those four years, the NFL production of offensive linemen is sizeable, with Charles Brown and Jeff Byers prepared to add to the growing list. But when Carroll agreed to be Seattle’s next head coach, he took Jeremy Bates and Ken Norton Jr. along for the ride, leaving Reul behind. His services were not immediately retained by Lane Kiffin, creating a belief that the new leader was waiting for another.
That other became James Cregg, a Raiders assistant poached by Kiffin after his termination in Oakland. At the time, interim coach Tom Cable expressed his resentment towards Cregg for abandoning the Raiders with two games remaining on the schedule. He quickly relocated to Tennessee to continue his work for Lane Kiffin.
So what delayed Cregg’s arrival? With Kiffin relocating again, Cregg should have been an instant follow. The answer may appear somewhere in his Tennessee contract, outlining monetary gains that come with patience and dismissal, or losses accrued through forfeiture. The Vols hired Derek Dooley to replace Kiffin last week. In one of his first orders of business, Cregg was dismissed from his staff. On Wednesday, he became the Trojans’ new offensive line coach.