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Steve Kragthorpe to oversee LSU's offense

1/20/2011

LSU coach Les Miles has replaced one former head coach with another former head coach as his offensive coordinator.

Although LSU has yet to announce it officially, multiple reports have former Louisville and Tulsa head coach Steve Kragthorpe agreeing to become LSU's offensive coordinator. Kragthorpe replaces Gary Crowton, who left to take the Maryland offensive coordinator's job. Crowton had previously been a head coach at Louisiana Tech and Brigham Young before coming to LSU.

Kragthorpe was out of coaching this season. He was hired as the Texas A&M receivers coach, but stepped down prior to the season to take care of his wife, Cynthia, who was sick.

In three seasons as Louisville's head coach, Kragthorpe wasn't very successful, compiling a 15-21 record and never taking the Cardinals to a bowl game. But he was 29-22 as Tulsa's head coach and went to three bowl games.

More importantly in his new role at LSU, Kragthorpe has a history of working with quarterbacks. He tutored Drew Bledsoe as the quarterbacks coach with the Buffalo Bills.

Kragthorpe's challenge at LSU is clearcut: To get the passing game up to speed, and to see to it that the Tigers get more consistent and more productive play out of the quarterback position.

This season, the Tigers were last in the SEC in passing offense, averaging 155.6 yards per game. They finished with an SEC-low 10 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions.