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Middle Tenn. State hiring ex-Auburn coordinator

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee has hired Tony Franklin as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Franklin was hired and fired by Auburn as offensive coordinator within about a 10-month span last year and previously worked in the same capacity at Sun Belt Conference-rival Troy in the previous two seasons.

“I know he can help us expand our offensive philosophy while bringing a lot of energy and enthusiasm to that side of the ball,” head coach Rick Stockstill said in a release Thursday. “He will also be a very valuable asset in recruiting because of his many contacts throughout the country.”

Franklin replaces G.A. Mangus, who served as offense coordinator for three years.

Middle Tennessee struggled with a young team last year, but played well in a couple of non-conference games, beating Maryland 24-14 and coming close in a 20-14 loss to Kentucky.

Franklin was brought on by Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville as a transition to a spread offense, but was fired just seven games into his tenure after it never clicked.

Middle Tennessee lauded his two seasons at Troy, where he pushed the team to 16-9 overall and 12-2 in the Sun Belt and collected two conference championships.

“I am very familiar with Middle Tennessee because of our conference affiliation when I was at Troy and I can’t wait to get started,” Franklin said in a release.