Franklin to Join Raiders Staff

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami announced today that Senior Defensive Assistant/Defensive Line coach Jethro Franklin has a accepted a position with the National Football League’s (NFL) Oakland Raiders.

“Coaching in the NFL has always been a dream, but coaching in the NFL in my hometown is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Franklin said. “I’m extremely excited about the progress that we’ve made at Miami. The players that we’ve brought in on the defensive line are extremely talented and are going to move this program forward. The progress that we’ve made going from 90th in total defense a year ago to 14th this past season made this decision even more difficult. The overall attitude of the players makes me believe Miami is destined for greatness.”

Franklin will join first-year head coach Jack Del Rio’s staff as the team’s defensive line coach.

“I could not be happier for Jethro and his family,” said head coach Al Golden. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work where he grew up and to join his father and family in Oakland. We can’t thank Jethro enough for everything he has done for our program and we wish him great success with the Raiders.”

Prior to arriving in Coral Gables, Franklin spent 20 years coaching defensive lines at the NFL and collegiate levels. He has mentored some of the top defensive linemen in the NFL, including former Cane Russell Maryland. Franklin has also coached Packers' standouts Gilbert Brown and Santana Dotson and Pro Bowlers Mario Williams, Vonnie Holliday, Kabeer-Gbaja-Biamila and Maryland.

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