Gary Crowton Out, Steve Kragthorpe In.  ESPN is reporting that LSU has hired a new offensive coordinator for the Tigers Football Program.

Former Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe has been hired as LSU's offensive coordinator, a source at the school confirmed Thursday.

The 45-year-old Kragthorpe, who interviewed with LSU coach Les Miles earlier this week, will replace Gary Crowton, who left the program last week to become Maryland's offensive coordinator. Miles is hoping the arrival of Kragthorpe will boost the Tigers' quarterback play in particular. The Tigers were 11-2 last season despite ranking 86th in total offense and 107th in passing.

Kragthorpe, a former Buffalo Bills quarterbacks coach earlier this decade, was 44-43 in seven seasons as head coach at Tulsa and Louisville after leaving the NFL.

Former Florida quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler, one of the other candidates who had interviewed for the LSU job, had received strong consideration.

Bruce Feldman is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.

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Now maybe with a new Offensive Coordinator, the LSU Tigers can start airing out the football and not rely on the ground game only.

Plus with the addition of the most highly sought after Junior College transfer Quarterback Zach Mettenberger, LSU fans look for a whole new look on the Offensive side of the ball in 2011.