Tulsa Hurricanes Football to Re-Hire Steve Kragthorpe? Part 2...

Joe JeffersonContributor IAugust 5, 2010

LEXINGTON, KY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Steve Kragthorpe the Head Coach of the Louisville Cardinals is pictured during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats  at Commonwealth Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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In January, the possibility of Tulsa rehiring former head coach Steve Kragthorpe was discussed.

In February, he was hired as the passing coordinator at Texas A&M.

In July, he resigned from his position at Texas A&M due to "family health issues back home" in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

So, the plot thickens. Many would dismiss the notion of a former head coach of a BCS program working for a C-USA school, much less as some kind of assistant or coordinator. Kragthorpe obviously enjoyed his time in Tulsa. His house and family are in Tulsa and his time there was a monumental success.


Coach Kragthorpe's Legacy at Tulsa

He reformed a program at the smallest Division 1 school immediately. For over a decade, Tulsa had been so bad, it was a bottom feeder in the WAC! Tulsa was 1-10 in 2001 and 1-11 in 2002. Kragthorpe went 8-5 his first year in 2003! The drastic turnaround garnered national attention. His 4 years at Tulsa were memorable and his tenure had a lasting effect (Tulsa won 21 games the next 2 seasons with his recruits and several members of Kragthorpe's staff, notably new head coach Todd Graham).


Coach Kragthorpe's Potential Future with Tulsa

It does not appear that Kragthorpe will be able to work as a full-time coach of any sort any time soon. However, it does seem possible he would be open to a part-time, low-stress, and low-responsibility job. Perhaps the University of Tulsa could hire him as a "defensive consultant." (Tulsa defenses were consistently in the top-50 throughout his tenure, but have been lowly since he left.) He would be an outstanding passing consultant (he was a quarterback coach for the Buffalo Bills) and could help Tulsa's starting quarterback G.J. Kinne take the offense from good to great.

No matter what happens, Coach Kragthorpe will always be remembered as a winner at Tulsa. Lets hope that his family medical issues are resolved. Hopefully, he will soon rejoin the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane football program!