By Paul Sykes
Reports out of Bayou Country indicate that former University of Louisville football coach Steve Kragthorpe may be the leading candidate for offensive coordinator at LSU.
Gary Crowton, the current LSU coordinator, is said to be interested in a similar position with the Chicago Bears, a position he held in 1999 and 2000 before taking the head-coaching job at Brigham Young. LSU was 112th of out 120 schools in total offense last season among Division 1A schools, averaging 304.5 yards a game.
LSU head coach Les Miles said yesterday that he has no intentions of firing Crowton but it is widely speculated that Crowton may resign. Miles recently hired Florida receivers coach Billy Gonzalez to be his passing game coordinator. Former UofL head coach Ron Cooper is on the LSU staff as a defensive back coach.
An interesting turn of events for U of L’s ex-skipper. Kragthorpe recently moved his family back to Tulsa and stated that he would take some time off to reevaluate and consider his next move. Looks like he may be ready to pack the suitcases again and head to Baton Rouge.
One thing that comes to mind…if Kragthorpe installs the same offensive game strategy for the Tigers that he used at Louisville his final season, that 112th out of 120th ranking in offensive production last year is in jeopardy of dropping even further. He may have more talent and weapons at LSU than he did at Louisville. If Kragthorpe ends up with the job, one would hope that he listens to the offensive coaches around him instead of taking the “it’s all on me” approach.
LSU ended the season with a 19-17 loss to Penn State in the Capital One Bowl, a game that saw the Tigers struggle offensively.