USC taps Cregg

New USC coach Lane Kiffin has hired James Cregg as an assistant coach, but it's not yet clear what position he will oversee.

Cregg was Tennessee's offensive line coach last year, so his hiring might indicate that Pat Ruel, the Trojans offensive line coach the past five seasons, won't be retained.

Cregg, 36, has spent the past 13 years coaching on the collegiate and NFL levels. Before going to Tennessee, he was an offensive line assistant with the Oakland Raiders for two years.

Cregg began his coaching career at his alma mater, Colorado State, where he was a graduate assistant for three seasons (1997-99). He then coached the defensive line at Colgate for four years. He next spent three seasons coaching the defensive line at Idaho before moving on to the NFL.

Cregg earned All-WAC honors as a senior offensive lineman at Colorado State. He prepped at Norco (Calif.) High and was elected into the Norco High Hall of Fame in 2001.