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Kragthorpe named LSU offensive coordinator

Today on the “LSU and You” show with espn1420’s Billy Ryckman, Eagle 98.1 Sports Director Charles Hanagriff announced that LSU has hired former Tulsa and Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe to be the Tigers’ new offensive coordinator.

Hanagriff said that LSU Head Coach Les Miles would still be involved with game planning and occasional play-calling. 

Kragthorpe revived a moribund Tulsa program and led them to a Conference USA title.  The Hurricane were known for high-powered pass-happy offenses.  He was hired by Louisville when Bobby Petrino left for Atlanta and things didn’t work out as well for him there.  He accepted the job as wide receivers coach at Texas A&M last February, but resigned because of family issues and spent the last year out of football.  He was believed to be a finalist for the head coaching position at North Texas before the Mean Green hired Dan McCarney.

At LSU, Kragthorpe will also serve as quarterbacks coach.  It will be interesting to see what philosopies, if any, change at LSU under Kragthorpe. has more on the story:

Kragthorpe, 45, interviewed with Tigers Coach Les Miles on Tuesday and is being brought in to improve the quality of quarterback play as much as call plays. He will replace Gary Crowton who left LSU last week to become offensive coordinator at Maryland. 

Kragthorpe was fired at the end of the 2009 season after going 15-21 as head coach at Louisville. He was the head coach of the pass-happy Tulsa Hurricane four years before that and compiled a 29-22 record there. 

He was also the quarterbacks coach for the Buffalo Bills (2001-02) and Texas A&M offensive coordinator (1998-00). He was offensive coordinator at Northern Arizona (1992-93) and North Texas (1994-95).

He will be the second former Louisville head coach on the Tigers’ staff, joining Ron Cooper, who is the secondary coach.

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