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GoodBye Al Hello Tony….. The SEC Better Get Ready To Spread Them Legs…

Talk about it in The Bunker

Just hours after announcing the resignation of offensive coordinator Al Borges, Auburn is close to hiring Tony Franklin as his replacement according to sources within the AU and Troy athletic departments.

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Franklin often used a two-back spread offense at Troy.

Franklin, who’s engineered a high-powered Troy offense the last two seasons, interviewed with AU head coach Tommy Tuberville earlier this week and could join the staff in time for the start of bowl practice Friday.

A formal announcement is expected to come in the next 24-48 hours.

The hire of Franklin would bring a dramatic shift to AU’s offense, which has relied heavily on the running game and a two-back, one tight end set during Tuberville’s nine seasons on the Plains.

Franklin is considered a guru of the spread offense, first bringing the attack to the SEC as an assistant at Kentucky from 1997-2000. The 50-year old Franklin has served as Troy’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the last two seasons.

Franklin directed a major turnaround in Troy’s offense. The 2005 Trojans finished last in the Sun Belt Conference in total offense but jumped up to second in the conference in Franklin’s first season and rank first this year (17th nationally) averaging 452.8 yard per game.

Franklin also recruited and developed Troy quarterback Omar Haugabook, who was named the 2006 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. Haugabook has completed 291-of-475 passes for 2,975 yards and 18 touchdowns, and rushed for 631 yards and 11 touchdowns this season leading Troy to an 8-4 record.

After averaging just 12 points per game in 2005, Troy averaged 25 points in 2006 and 34 in 2007.

Under Borges, Auburn’s offense currently ranks 101st in the country.

Auburn and Troy faced three common opponents in 2007: Florida, Arkansas and Georgia. AU’s offense averaged 16.3 points in those games while Troy’s averaged 30.3.

Franklin also brings with him a strong reputation as a recruiter and high school coach liaison. Troy’s summer football camp increased from only 125 campers in 2005 to more than 1,500 campers from 20 states under Franklin.

Franklin coached 16 years in high school before joining the Kentucky staff in 1997 as running backs coach. He was named offensive coordinator in 2000, directing the nation’s 11th best offense.

In 2001, Franklin authored a nationally acclaimed book, Fourth Down and Life To Go, which chronicled the good, bad and ugly experiences of his college football journey.

In 2003, Franklin was chosen to lead the expansion franchise Lexington Horsemen football team in their inaugural season in the NIFL. The Horsemen had a 9-5 record, averaging more than 50 points per game.

USA Today took notice of Franklin’s football coaching and teaching abilities in a feature story in 2005 which detailed his consulting successes as a nationally sought after offensive football coach.

Franklin also received rave reviews for his second book, Victor’s Victory, which chronicled the tragic death and spectacular life of 15-year-old Hoover High football player, Victor Hill. Hill died from sudden cardiac arrest on the football practice field during one of Franklin’s consulting sessions.

The book has helped to continue the mission of Cheryl Hill, Victor’s mother, to make teachers, coaches, and parents aware of the need for automatic external defibrillators (AED’s) in every school and youth organization in Alabama.

Franklin achieved both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education from Murray State University where he was a two year starter as a running back. He is married to Laura Franklin and they have three girls: Chelsea (22), Caroline (19), and Caitlin (18).

1 Response to “GoodBye Al Hello Tony….. The SEC Better Get Ready To Spread Them Legs…”

  • The Way I see it is… basically we have been hearing all year that Borges and Tuberville have been butting heads on how to run the offence. Borges wanting to open it up Tommy wanting to keep things vanilla. If you remember from the Tuberville new deal talks Tommy wanted to have more power over how the program is run who knows if that was power to keep the lowders out of his decisions or whatever. But look, if there was a perfect time to bring in a new O.C. it would be NOW. I mean come on, they are doing it for Kodi. Borges offence didnt correspond to how Kodi runs things. Look at the prospect they are bringing in…Troy offensive coordinator. Have you seen Troy play? SPREAD SPREAD SPREAD…and some more SPREAD O. Tommy, just make sure you get the guy who is right for Mr. Burns. ya heard?

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