Aggies WR coach resigns, Walters hired

Texas A&M wide receiver coach Steve Kragthorpe has resigned, the school confirmed on Monday.

Family medical issues forced the first-year assistant to step down just over a week before fall preseason camp begins. Kragthorpe came to College Station in February after being fired as head coach at Louisville after compiling just a 15-21 record in three seasons.

"Steve and I sat down and discussed his situation," Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman said in a release. "I wanted to try to make it work where he could come back this season once the family health issues were resolved. Ultimately, he felt his wife Cynthia, and his three boys, required his undivided attention and I respect him for that. Steve is not only an excellent coach, but he is an even better person. We will keep him and his family in our prayers."

Added Kragthorpe: "My family is dealing with some medical issues and they need me at home. The timing could not be helped and I hate to leave Coach Sherman and the guys at this time. My group of receivers worked extremely hard this spring and they were a lot of fun to work with."

One of the conference's most talented units, the Texas A&M wide receivers will now be coached by Troy Walters, a former NFL star and Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's best receiver. The Stanford grad is a native of College Station, Texas, and attended A&M Consolidated High School.

"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."

Five Aggies receivers caught at least 35 passes in 2009.

One quick note: Oklahoma has added running back DeMarco Murray to its list of players coming to media days on Wednesday. The school will also bring linebacker Travis Lewis, wide receiver Ryan Broyles and defensive end Jeremy Beal.

Oklahoma joins Texas as one of just two teams scheduled to bring four players to media days.