LSU offensive line coach James Cregg leaving Tigers after three seasons

Glenn Guilbeau
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

BATON ROUGE — LSU offensive line coach James Cregg is leaving the Tigers after three seasons, coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday night in a news release.

"LSU has parted ways with (Cregg)," the release said and added that Orgeron will immediately begin a search to replace him.

Cregg, 47, came to LSU before the 2018 season after coaching the offensive line for the Los Angeles Chargers in the NFL. He previously coached the offensive line for the Denver Broncos from 2014-16 and for the Oakland Raiders in 2007-08.

He coached the Southern Cal offensive line from 2010-13 when Orgeron was an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator in 2010-11 and interim coach in 2012. He also was with Orgeron on Lane Kiffin's staff at Tennessee in 2009. 

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"I knew that he was destined to do what he's doing," Cregg said of Orgeron before LSU beat Clemson in the national championship game on Jan. 13, 2020. "I knew his blueprint. And it's working. It was Coach O more than anything is why I came down here."

LSU's offensive line is seen as a strong point entering the 2021 season, as it returns all five starters. Cregg was in his first year with new offensive coordinator Jake Peetz, who replaced Steve Ensminger after the 5-5 season in 2020.

"One of the most improved areas on our team all season has been the offensive line," Orgeron said before the Tigers beat Clemson. "Coach Cregg started turning things around as soon as he got here."