Kragthorpe Era Set to Begin

Steve Kragthorpe will soon be introduced as the new Louisville head coach, replacing departed Bobby Petrino. How will Kragthorpe's hiring affect Louisville's recruiting efforts? What will Kragthorpe's new coaching staff look like? InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

Multiple sources have informed InsideTheVille.com that Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe will be introduced later today or possibly Tuesday as the new University of Louisville football coach.

Kragthorpe, one of the up-and-coming young coaches in college football, will replace Bobby Petrino, who accepted the head coaching job with the Atlanta Falcons Sunday night.

According to a published report in the Louisville Courier-Journal, Louisville AD Tom Jurich will fly to Tulsa to meet with Kragthorpe. In anticipation of Kragthorpe's hiring, the personnel committee of the U of L athletic association board of directors has called a meeting for 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Kragthorpe went 29-22 in four years at Tulsa, leading the Golden Hurricanes to the 2005 Conference USA title and a win in the Liberty Bowl. Kragthorpe took over a Tulsa program that had won just four games in the two previous years before his arrival and led them to three bowl appearances in four seasons.

One of the big questions for Kragthorpe will be the make up of his new staff at Louisville.

InsideTheVille.com has heard considerable speculation from numerous sources that current quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm could be elevated to offensive coordinator under Kragthorpe. That move could be instrumental in keeping junior quarterback Brian Brohm for his senior season and could go a long way toward solidifying star recruit Matt Simms verbal commitment.

Sources have also indicated that former Louisville and Michigan State defensive assistant Mike Cox could join Kragthorpe's staff at Louisville. Cox has been out of job since John L. Smith was fired by the Spartans and is a close friend of the new Louisville coach. Cox, an excellent recruiter, was an assistant under Smith at U of L for five years.

InsideTheVille.com has heard conflicting reports on the status of recruiting coordinator Joe Whitt. It's not known at present whether current assistants Mike Summers, Greg Nord, Mike Cassity, Reggie Johnson and Kevin Wolthausen will remain at Louisville or seek positions elsewhere.

Kragthorpe's most important order of business at Louisville will be to reassure several high school prospects who have already verbally committed to the Cardinals, including four-star Illinois running back Dale Martin, who pledged to U of L over the weekend.

Martin received a text message from a Louisville assistant Monday morning informing him that the Cardinals, presumably Kragthorpe, would be calling him Monday night to touch base.

"I was looking around on the Internet and saw he was the leading candidate and that he's been doing good, but that's all I know about him," Martin said Monday afternoon.

The Cardinals could be in for a battle to retain the commitment Brandon Walker. Sources indicate that Pittsburgh will make a run at the three-star Ohio punter.

InsideTheVille.com will have more on this breaking story throughout the day.


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