Auburn Names New Offensive Coordinator

Auburn, Ala.--Tony Franklin has officially been hired to replace Al Borges as offensive coordinator for Tommy Tuberville at Auburn University.

Borges' termination was reported by Inside the Auburn Tigers on Monday night and was announced by university officials on Tuesday. Franklin is set to take over before Auburn begins bowl practices on Friday and is expected to call the offensive plays in Auburn's Dec. 31 game against Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

As offensive coordinator at Troy this season, Franklin's spread offense averaged 34 points (25th nationally) and 452.8 yards (17th nationally). The Trojans improved from 15.9 points per game in 2005, the year before his arrival, to 22.8 points per contest in 2006 and up to 34 in 2007. The Trojans finished 8-5 in 2006 with a win in the New Orleans Bowl and 8-4 this season.

Prior to his two-year stint at Troy under head coach Larry Blakeney, Franklin was a high school coach for 16 years, running backs coach at Kentucky under Hal Mumme from 1997-1999 and offensive coordinator in Lexington in 2000.

He is also a published author and a consultant for many college and high school football program around the country for his innovation with spread offenses.

A graduate of Murray State, he is married to Laura Franklin and has three daughters.


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