It was expected and known that LSU would have a new offensive coordinator heading into the 2011 season. What wasn’t expected was that the new coordinator wouldn’t be Steve Kragthorpe.
Such is the case, unfortunately, as LSU announced Thursday afternoon that Kragthorpe has decided to step down as the team’s offensive coordinator. Kragthorpe was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which prompted the decision to step aside.
Greg Studrawa will take over as the Tigers’ coordinator, although Kragthorpe will remain on the staff as the quarterbacks coach. Studrawa received what head coach Les Miles referred to as a “battlefield promotion” roughly two weeks ago.
“I hope for the next 8 to 12 years I can still be here coaching the QBs. At this point, it is best for me to only coach the QBs,” a statement attributed to Kragthorpe on the school’s official football Twitter feed read.
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.
Our best wishes and prayers go out to Kragthorpe as he fights his way through this battle with Parkinson’s.