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Sympathy for good guy Steve Kragthorpe

Posted on: August 4, 2011 2:04 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2011 2:05 pm

Steve Kragthorpe was plowing ahead. It was the first week of April and LSU's new offensive coordinator was jacked over what he had inherited.

 Athletes, talent, speed.

 "I can't wait," he said.

 Kragthorpe had motioned me into his office while he was working on the 2011 playbook. He was energized. He was back in the game after resigning in 2010 at Texas A&M due to complications regarding his wife Cynthia's multiple sclerosis.

 The MS was being treated, he explained, but Cynthia also needed heart surgery. In essence, they couldn't go on treating the MS with the proper medicine until the heart condition was rectified. I inquired about doing a more in-depth story on his year out of the game, his family and Cynthia but the coach politely declined.

 I understood. Some things are too private. Krags was looking ahead. This was by far the best offensive present he had ever opened. The former Tulsa and Louisville coach had his ups and down but the man could always call plays.

 His job was to fix Jordan Jefferson, LSU's quarterback who had become a lightning rod figure in the program. Krags was confident he could do it. That confidence is a big reason why the Tigers debuted at No. 4 in the preseason coach's poll.

 It was devastating, then, that about an hour after that poll was released Thursday it was announced that Kragthorpe would relinquish those OC duties because he had developed Parkinson's disease. He will stay as quarterbacks coach but assistant Greg Studrawa will take over as coordinator.

 I hope would that most folks first thoughts are about Kragthorpe, Cynthia and their children. They have been dealt the rawest of deals. Life isn't fair especially when it always seems that bad things happen to good people.

 Kragthorpe had seemingly gotten through to Jefferson. The quarterback had begun to speak up, become a leader. He was taking instruction and, judging from his spring play, getting better.

 "He's almost a little bit shy," Kragthorpe told me in April. "When you first meet him, you're wondering, 'Does this guy have his paws up, kind of feeling you back? He's just shy. He's not that way around his teammates. I think he's got a chance to be a good player."

 The best tribute to Kragthorpe's abilities would be for Jefferson to have a monster year. The move means that the coach will be having even more one-on-one time with the quarterback.

 The best thing we can do for Kragthorpe and his family is pray. They deserve our sympathies and our love. No one deserves their current situation.


Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 9:09 am

Sympathy for good guy Steve Kragthorpe

Thats fucked up...  good luck Coach Krags

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 1:56 am

Sympathy for good guy Steve Kragthorpe

Parkinson's Disease is a tough road to travel - especially for someone as young as Kragthorpe - but the medications and surgical interventions for PD are getting better and better. And parkinson's can sometimes (and mercifully!) develop rather slowly over the course of years. 

Best of luck to Coach K and his family. 

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:33 pm

Good guy Steve Kragthorpe

My wife, who's a neurologist, says that symptoms that appear to be Parkinson's are sometimes mis-diagnosed. If I were Kragthorpe, I'd be damn sure to get a second opinion, if he hasn't already done so. As a Tennessee fan, all I can say is Best of Luck to Coach K and his family.

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:34 pm

Sympathy for good guy Steve Kragthorpe

Great article Dodd, thank you GEAUX TIGERS

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:56 pm

Sympathy for good guy Steve Kragthorpe

This family has had much more than their share of medical hardships and this is just another terrible situation for them to overcome.  I can only pray for them at this point and hope that they all deal with this as best they can.  It has to be tough on the whole family.  I know it was tough on me when I read this, and I have never met the guy. 

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:48 pm
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Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:21 pm

Sympathy for good guy Steve Kragthorpe

Great Article Dodd. Tiger nation is sad Coach Krag had to step down. He is in our thoughts and prayers.

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:43 pm

Sympathy for good guy Steve Kragthorpe


good piece.

I think everybody in Tiger nation hopes coach Krag the best

and of course if Jefferson and Coach Stud do it up right

well see ya in NOLA come January.

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