Cregg leaves Raiders for UT

Tennessee's new head football coach has raided the Raiders, and the pillaging may not be finished just yet.

New Vol boss Lane Kiffin, fired by Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis four games into the 2008 season after a 1-3 start, got some vengeance this week by convincing offensive line coach James Cregg to leave the Raiders for a staff position with the Vols.

Cregg may not be the only Raider aide to switch from silver and black to orange and white, however. Mark Jackson, the Raiders' director of football development, left the team and may be headed to Knoxville, as well. In addition, Steve Reaves, a Raiders' office assistant and brother-in-law of Lane Kiffin, has been fired by interim head coach Tom Cable. He, too, could be employed at UT by week's end.

Cregg served alongside Kiffin on the Colorado State coaching staff in the late 1990s and worked under him with the Raiders in 2007 and the first four games of '08.

Born August 18, 1973 in Syracuse, Cregg played offensive line at Colorado State from 1992-95, then served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater from 1997-99. After stints on staffs at Colgate (2000-03) and Idaho (2004-06), he reunited with Kiffin at Oakland in 2007.

Cable, tabbed by Davis to succeed Kiffin when the latter was fired, publicly blasted Cregg for "quitting on the team" while the Raiders' season was still in progress. Cable is 2-8 as interim coach with two games left in the season.

Kiffin also has plucked a key aide off the Tampa Bay Bucs staff ... his dad, Monte Kiffin. The elder Kiffin, the mastermind behind the Tampa Two coverage scheme, is one of the most respected defensive coordinators in all of football.

Clearly, the Lane Kiffin era of Big Orange football is not going to be boring.

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