Tulsa Hurricanes Football to Rehire Steve Kragthorpe?

Joe JeffersonContributor IJanuary 28, 2010

LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 02:  Steve Kragthorpe  the Head Coach of the Louisville Cardinals is pictured during the Big East Conference game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 2, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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After a disappointing 2009 season, the University of Tulsa Athletic Department considered rehiring former head football coach Steve Kragthorpe. Kragthorpe moved his family back to Tulsa after having been fired from Louisville.

In the administration's plan, Kragthorpe would have acted as co-head coach. Due to a 10-year extension of Todd Graham's contract in 2009, Graham would have remained the "head coach." Kragthorpe would be given the title "Assistant Head Coach."

Unfortunately for Tulsa, the athletic budget could not pay for two head coaches. Furthermore, Graham was apparently not pleased with the proposal (as you might imagine). However, Graham does have one thing to be pleased about. Graham succeeded in round two of his attempts to hire Chad Morris  as offensive coordinator, who was head coach of Lake Travis High School in Texas.

Kragthorpe may get desperate enough to accept a job at a salary which Tulsa can afford. Could he provide a second turnaround of the C-USA football program?