Posted by Jerry Hinnen
A month before the start of the 2011 season is far from the best time for a reshuffling of coaching assignments. But for LSU offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe, there are now much more pressing issues than football.
The Tiger program has announced that Kragthorpe is suffering from Parkinson's disease, and will be giving up his coordinating duties effective immediately. He will, however, remain on the LSU staff as quarterbacks coach. The new play-caller will be Greg Studrawa, the Tigers' offensive line coach.
Kragthorpe has issued a statement regarding the unfortunate news:
Eye on College Football wishes Kragthorpe the best of luck in his fight against the disease.
And though football clearly takes a backseat to the news of Kragthorpe's health, the disruption to LSU's preparation for the 2011 season should be relatively minimal. Studrawa has a wealth of play-calling experience from his post-Urban Meyer tenure at Bowling Green, when he directed a dynamic Falcon offense behind quarterback Omar Jacobs. And with Kragthorpe still on staff to help oversee the offense, with any luck the transition will be a smooth one.
But of course, whatever good news comes out of the Tigers' football season would pale next to the better news that Kragthorpe was able to continue in his position. Here's hoping.