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Kragthorpe-to-LSU appears to be a done deal

Steve Kragthorpe

A week’s worth of speculation, rumor and innuendo has apparently come to an end, with Les Miles finally settling on a replacement for his departed offensive coordinator.

According to Randy Rosetta of the Baton Rouge Advocate, and confirmed by Tom Dienhart of Rivals/Yahoo!, Miles has tabbed Steve Kragthorpe as LSU’s new coordinator.  Kragthorpe, who interviewed for the position earlier this week, will replace Gary Crowton, who left for the same position at Maryland.

CFT has confirmed that the Kragthorpe hiring is all but finalized, and, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, an official announcement by the school should come no later than Friday.  With the number of reports coming out regarding the hiring, however, a release could be issued as early as this afternoon.

Kragthorpe has been the head coach at Tulsa (2003-2006) and Louisville (2007-2009), compiling a 44-43 record at the two schools.  After being dismissed by the Cardinals, 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 2010.

Now, Kragthorpe will be charged with turning around a moribund Tigers passing attack that finished an embarrassing 107th (155.6) in passing yards per game.  Even more staggering, just seven Div. 1-A schools had fewer than the 10 touchdowns tossed by Tiger quarterbacks in 2010.

So, yeah, Kragthorpe has a helluva job ahead of him.  Fortunately, he’ll also have some talent at the skill positions — Stevan Ridley‘s early departure for the NFL notwithstanding — and some hope at the QB position; Zach Mettenberger, in the running for Georgia’s starting job last spring, has transferred to LSU from the JUCO ranks and, when it comes QB talent, signifies a significant upgrade over Jordan Jefferson.

A paler Cam Newton story, anyone?

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13 Responses to “Kragthorpe-to-LSU appears to be a done deal”
  1. southernpatriots says: Jan 20, 2011 11:45 AM

    We hope that Kragthorpe is Miles’ first choice. We hope the LSU offense will take off and be imaginative and will be on the same page as Coach Miles. The offense can use some great help and improvement, maybe up to the top 30 or so and keep the defense in the top 5. With the defense in the top 5 and the offense about 130 in 2010, LSU went through the season and Cotton Bowl with 2 losses. With a greatly improved offense and continued great defense, it has a great chance to win the SEC and BCS. Geaux Tigers!

  2. edgy says: Jan 20, 2011 12:14 PM

    I have nothing against Kragthrope but he was a better head coach than he was an OC.

  3. neovenator250 says: Jan 20, 2011 12:36 PM

    anyone know if he’ll implement a pro-style or spread system? LSU needs to get back to the pro-style offense

  4. EdgyIsUnderTheeThumb says: Jan 20, 2011 1:00 PM

    Kragthorpe is simply a good addition to the program – whether or not he has edgy’s personal approval.

  5. edgy says: Jan 20, 2011 1:53 PM

    I’m just saying that if you didn’t like Crowton, you may not like Kragthrope. You obviously have NO clue as to his history. He WAS a much better head coach than OC and he was better with the QBs than he was calling the plays.

    Maybe you should spend some time doing some research instead of trying to think of new names to get at me.

  6. EdgyIsUnderTheeThumb says: Jan 20, 2011 2:48 PM

    What is the pay scale for one who camps out on a football blog all day edgy? Over the past few days, those little thumb indicators at the end of your comments have been telling you how relevant and highly regarded what you think and say is to others. Your posts seem shorter today, did your “pay by the word” contract get cut back? Or are you just listening to the direction of the thumbs and scaling back on your own?

  7. southernpatriots says: Jan 20, 2011 2:58 PM

    You are funny! (EdgyIsUnderTheeThumb)….pay scale?! ha. Thanks for your entry. Let us keep this civil and light but informative.

    From all contacts on the LSU Reveille, a few snoops around the campus, relatives hanging out right at the gates, and all other sources, it appears that Kragthorpe is the next OC of LSU. Our hopes are that he will revitalize the offense and bring them new imagination and innovation, vision, and be on the same page as Miles. LSU really needs a great improvement in the offense to get to the next level (SEC/BCS championship).

  8. edgy says: Jan 20, 2011 3:11 PM

    Seriously, do you really think I care? You guys are pretty stupid to believe that I’m going to go away just because of your thumbs OR that I’m going to change what I say because of your thumbs. You don’t like what I write, either respond OR move on. I’ll respect you, IF you respond with an argument but you’re showing that you’re nothing but a lemur who likes playing with himself with your thumbs. As I said before, I’ve given 3 thumbs and that’s all that you’ll ever see from me. It is a stupid feature that you guys think will intimidate people into either shutting up or as you’ve quite clearly want: shape my opinion more toward yours. None of your thumbs or your opinions have shaped how much I’ve typed today, especially since you’ve obviously not read all of my statements, which aren’t as short as you think.

  9. edgy says: Jan 20, 2011 3:14 PM

    BTW, genius, why don’t you tell us why Kragthorpe was such a great hire as an OC or will actually doing research cause you too much pain and keep you from using your thumbs to play with yourself?

  10. WingT says: Jan 20, 2011 8:33 PM

    It’s amazing that an 11 – 2 team in the SEC West had the 107th best passing offense. Kragthorpe doesn’t have to hit a home run – he just needs to make a slight improvement and LSU will contend for titles again.

    As a Bama fan, LSU scares me the most of any tea in the SEC.

    roll tide

  11. southernpatriots says: Jan 20, 2011 8:42 PM

    Wing T: Truthfully, we were happy, but remained somewhat amazed as well. The QB situation which was sometimes sort of like a drama, continued for most of the year with mixed results. Thank God for the defense. So much of the year LSU’s offense was between 127th and 135th! At the end of the year, it picked up and improved to 107th! That is a shame. Now that the OC has been replaced, a new QB who was the best in JC last year and maybe a new imaginative philosophy of offense which agrees with the plan to Coach Miles, will bring the offense to new levels of productivity and with the defense strengthened with players coming up through the system and new recruits it should be another good year for the LSU defense. The SEC West will be another “murder’s row” this year with most teams able to beat any other team any given night. We believe the winner of the BCS will come from the SEC West in this upcoming season. We pulled so hard for ‘Bama v. Auburn this past season, we lost our voice! But Auburn won it all and that is another sign of the dominance of the SEC in general and the SEC West in particular (with the exception of FL two times…ha.)

  12. WingT says: Jan 20, 2011 9:47 PM

    I know what you mean about the SEC West being a ‘Murder’s Row”. Arkansas, Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Miss St are all for real. Any of those teams could run the table. It takes a little luck and a favorable scheduling sequence to win the West – the coaching and the talent is just about equal across the SEC West.

    Sorry about the Auburn game. Bama had them on the ropes but Auburn kept fighting and found a way to win – that’s what true champions do.

    roll tide

  13. southernpatriots says: Jan 21, 2011 2:57 AM

    Wing T: You are so right. True champions come back from big deficits and find a way to win. Auburn did that. Auburn truly deserves the accolades heaped on her at this time. I hope Auburn truly enjoys the limelight and all the good that goes with a SEC championship and a BCS championship because the 2011 season will not be kind to them. They will have a target painted on them and even the weaker teams (Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, etc.) will play their game with Auburn as if it is the only game they play all year. A win v. Auburn will bring the coach a new and increased contract, will bring a spotlight on their school and team for at least a week, etc. Auburn better be ready, because this will be a big challenge this season and likely without Cam, which was a huge part of LSU’s loss and Alabama’s loss in 2010. It will be “entertaining” that is for sure! Getting all our tailgaiting equipment cleaned up, polished, and ready to go!

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