On the same day that LSU is set to begin August camp, the university has announced that offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe has stepped down due to Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. It results from the death of dopamine-containing cells in a region of the midbrain; the cause of cell-death is unknown. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related, including shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, cognitive and behavioral problems may arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease.
Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa has been elevated to offensive coordinator. Kragthorpe will stay involved with the program and continue to coach the quarterbacks.
Kragthorpe told Randy Rosetta of The Advocate, "I hope for the next 8-10 or 14 years, I can be here coaching quarterbacks."
Please keep Coach Kragthorpe and his family in your thoughts.