Kragthorpe resigns for family issue

Updated: July 26, 2010, 3:43 PM ET
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Steve Kragthorpe has resigned as Texas A&M's wide receivers coach to deal with unspecified family medical issues, the school said Monday.

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Kragthorpe was in his first year at A&M as an assistant under Mike Sherman. He previously coached at Tulsa and at Louisville, where he was fired following last season. He also served as assistant under R. C Slocum at Texas A&M from 1997-2000.

"My family is dealing with some medical issues and they need me at home," Kragthorpe said in a statement released by the university. "The timing could not be helped and I hate to leave Coach Sherman and the guys at this time."

Sherman said he had hoped Kragthorpe could return this season once his family's health issues were resolved.

"Ultimately, he felt his wife Cynthia, and his three boys, required his undivided attention and I respect him for that," Sherman said. "Steve is not only an excellent coach, but he is an even better person. We will keep him and his family in our prayers."

Kragthorpe went 15-21 in three seasons at Louisville and was fired at the end of the 2009 season. He came to Louisville from Tulsa, where he went to three bowl games in four seasons.

Former NFL and Stanford receiver Troy Walters has been hired to succeed Kragthorpe.

Walters was offensive coordinator at Indiana State in 2009, coaching the FCS (Division I-AA) team's quarterbacks and wide receivers. He won the Biletnikoff Award in 1999 as a senior at Stanford and played eight seasons in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions.

"It is well known in NFL circles that Indianapolis wide receivers ran the most disciplined and precise routes in all of football. In his interview, he definitely convinced me that he would bring those same qualities out in his receivers," Sherman said of Walters.

"I believe I have a lot to offer," Walters said. "I have been blessed to have played with many outstanding players during my NFL career and the privilege of playing for some outstanding coaches."