Donoghue started seven games for the Cardinals this season. He was injured in Louisville's 28-24 win over Cincinnati two weeks ago and diagnosed with congenital spinal stenosis, a condition where there was no fluid in the spinal region to protect the spinal cord from further injury.
will serve as a student assistant
for the football team.
"Mike is going to become a student assistant coach for us," Kragthorpe said. "He still has some degree completion that he needs to take care of. In the meantime while he does that we're going to put him to work as a student assistant line coach for us. I'm really excited about that because he brings a lot to the table in terms of knowledge. I'm very excited to have him as part of our staff and I'm also very excited that he was not in a situation where it was not a catastrophic injury."
"I know Mike is disappointed that he is no longer going to be able to play football and I'm disappointed that he's not going to be able to play football anymore," Kragthorpe said. "The fortunate thing is that he's going to be able to lead a normal existence and life style and he's still very much a part of this football team. His role has just changed."
Senior tight end Scott Kuhn, Donoghue's roommate, said the 6'2, 290-pound Covington, Kentucky native is taking the news that his playing days are over pretty hard.
"I got to talk to him a little bit about it this weekend and he's as torn up as you can imagine," Kuhn said. "It's just a bad situation for him because he is only a sophomore and he would have had two or three more years to play here. It's a tough situation to be in."
Donoghue now will make the transition from player to helping coach players that he's played beside for the past three seasons.
"It'll be different," Kuhn said. "I'm older than he is but he's going to have to step up and go into the office and watch a little bit more film and help the young guys out. He'll be as much of a team player as he was when he was playing."