LSU Football: Could Tigers swipe OL coach from SEC rival?

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LSU Football made a surprising move this week by parting ways with offensive line coach James Cregg.

Cregg, a former Colorado State offensive lineman, had served as the Tigers’ offensive line coach since 2018. He previously worked alongside Ed Orgeron at USC (2010-2013) and Tennessee (2009).

This isn’t an ideal time of year to search for an on-field assistant. Most of the job-hopping among college football coaches happens in the winter/early spring. Stealing a coach from another Power-5 program doesn’t often happen in June.

LSU, however, might be able to steal an assistant from one of their SEC West rivals.

Could LSU football steal the Arkansas Razorbacks’ OL coach?

If the Tigers pursue a sitting offensive line coach in the SEC, it will likely be Arkansas assistant Brad Davis.

Davis, a former Oklahoma offensive lineman who has a great reputation on the recruiting trail, is a Baton Rouge native who could certainly have some interest in returning to Louisiana.

In 2018, Davis mentioned that his ideal vacation was going home to Baton Rouge.

“Vacation, to me, is going back to Baton Rouge or sitting out in the back,” said Davis (via Best of Arkansas Sports). “You know what I mean? With my parents drinking coffee and hanging out and talking.”

That sounds like a man who misses Louisiana.

And it sounds like Louisiana misses him, too.

On Thursday, 247Sports’ Billy Embody reported that there are “plenty of folks at LSU who would like to see him land at LSU”

Could LSU actually swipe Davis from Sam Pittman and Arkansas?

It could be tough.

Davis was offered the offensive line coach job at USC earlier this winter, but he elected to stay at Arkansas.

There’s no doubt the USC job is better than the Arkansas job. Davis, however, has a close relationship with Pittman, which likely influenced his decision to stay in Fayetteville.

Turning down LSU, however, could be a tougher decision for Davis.

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We’ll see in the coming days which path the Tigers decide to take.