The Detroit Lions hired Jim Colletto as the team's offensive line coach, the ball club announced Monday.
Colletto, who has a wealth of experience at both the collegiate and pro level, will replace the fired Larry Beightol -- who departed the team in what remains a cloudy divorce.
Prior to a brief stay in Oakland in 1995, Colletto served as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive line coach between 1999 and 2004. The six-season stint witnessed one of the league's more formidable running games, led by Ravens' tailback -- and 2003 rushing champion -- Jamal Lewis.
But Colletto's experience, which spans 40 years, has been primarily within the college ranks. He spent 11 seasons at Purdue as the school's offensive coordinator, and another six as the Boilermaker's head coach.
Under Colletto, Purdue became one of the Big Ten's most productive running programs.
Colletto also collected coaching experience at Notre Dame, Ohio State, Brown, Xavier, Pacific, and spent time working under current Lions' offensive coordinator Mike Martz during a short-lived stay at Arizona State.
Most recently, Colletto enjoyed his third stint as UCLA's offensive line coach/assistant head coach in 2006, but was blamed for much of the Bruins' offensive struggles. The Lions spoke with Colletto frequently during last week's Senior Bowl.
It has been rumored that his predecessor in Detroit, Larry Beightol, clashed with Martz, hence head coach Rod Marinelli's decision to dump Beightol after the season.