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Big 12 Media Days notebook: Ex-Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe resigns as Texas A&M receivers coach

By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: July 27, 2010 at 10:06 am •  Published: July 26, 2010

Before the start of Big 12 Media Days, former Tulsa head coach Steve Kragthorpe stepped down as an assistant at Texas A&M, due to a family medical issue.

Kragthorpe joined the Aggies as their wide receivers coach this offseason after serving as the head coach at Louisville from 2007-09. Kragthorpe was fired from Louisville after posting a combined 15-21 record.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported Kragthorpe told the media in November his family was leaving Louisville immediately because of a medical condition involving his wife, Cynthia.

"What I tried to do with Steve was make it so he could go home. I said, 'Take care of your business. Take care of what you have to take care of. And as soon as that's resolved, just come on back,'" Aggie coach Mike Sherman said Monday during Big 12 Media Days in Irving, Texas. "We'll save a spot for you, and we'll move forward that way. You know, Steve's an excellent football coach, but, as I said before, an even better person. And I didn't want to lose him. He thought about that, talked to his family about that, but he just felt that the situation with his family up in Tulsa warranted his undivided attention, and there was no timetable, and he felt like he had to devote quite a bit of time up there in the ensuing months. So from that standpoint, Steve decided that that was in his and his family's best interest."

Kragthorpe coached Tulsa from 2003-06. He went 29-22 after the Golden Hurricane had been 2-21 in the two seasons prior to his arrival.

He will be replaced by Troy Walters, the offensive coordinator at Indiana State.

FSN announces it will pick up OU-Air Force, OSU-Washington State

Fox Sports Net revealed Monday it will broadcast OU's Sept. 18 game with Air Force, and OSU's Sept. 4 game against Washington State.

Game time for OU-Air Force will be 2:30 p.m. OSU-Washington State will kick off at 6 p.m.

DeMarco Murray coming to media days

Senior running back DeMarco Murray has been added to OU's Big 12 Media Days traveling party. As previously scheduled, OU will also be bringing coach Bob Stoops, WR Ryan Broyles, LB Travis Lewis and DE Jeremy Beal.

All four players were named to the preseason All-Big 12 team.

The Sooners will take center stage Wednesday along with Texas on the final day of media days.

OU and Texas are the only two schools that will be bringing four players. Everyone else has brought or will bring three.

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