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Family medical issues forced Kragthorpe to step down from A&M

It was reported earlier today that Steve Kragthorpe was abruptly stepping down as Texas A&M’s wide receivers coach.  Now, the school has confirmed the resignation.

In a statement issued by the school, Kragthorpe said unspecified family medical issues — we have been told his wife is battling multiple sclerosis — led to his decision less than two weeks before the start of summer camp.

“My family is dealing with some medical issues and they need me at home,” Kragthorpe said. “The timing could not be helped and I hate to leave Coach Sherman and the guys at this time.”

Head coach Mike Sherman applauded his now-former assistant for putting his family ahead of football.

“Ultimately, he felt his wife Cynthia, and his three boys, required his undivided attention and I respect him for that,” Sherman said in his own statement. “Steve is not only an excellent coach, but he is an even better person. We will keep him and his family in our prayers.”

Fortunately for Sherman and his receivers, the school has already filled the position with a quality replacement.

Former Stanford standout receiver Troy Walters has been hired to replace Kragthorpe, effective immediately.  Walters, the 1999 Biletnikoff Award winner, played eight seasons in the NFL and was Indiana State’s offensive coordinator in 2009.

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3 Responses to “Family medical issues forced Kragthorpe to step down from A&M”
  1. Kragthorpe, TCU’s Fuente in play for LSU as coordinator? | CollegeFootballTalk says: Jan 17, 2011 4:18 PM

    […] Texas A&M’s wide receivers coach.  However, a family medical issue — his wife is suffering from multiple sclerosis — forced Kragthorpe to step down in July of last […]

  2. Kragthorpe-to-LSU appears to be a done deal | CollegeFootballTalk says: Jan 20, 2011 11:40 AM

    […] he was hired to be Mike Sherman‘s wide receivers coach at Texas A&M.  However, a family medical issue forced Kragthorpe to step down a few months later and before the start of summer camp in […]

  3. Parkinson’s diagnosis forces Kragthorpe to step aside as LSU’s coordinator | CollegeFootballTalk says: Aug 4, 2011 1:27 PM

    […] Kragthorpe was hired by LSU in January of this year to replace Gary Crowton, who left to take the same position at Maryland following the 2010 season.  In July of 2010, and five months after he was hired for the position, Kragthorpe resigned as Texas A&M’s wide receivers coach due to medical issues involving his wife. […]

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