Johnson said that Franklin's dad, whose name is also Roger, had brain surgery several years ago and has had health issues in recent years. "He wants to come closer to home because he's scared something might happen to his dad and he'll be in Stillwater," said Johnson.
"He really enjoys Stillwater and loves Oklahoma State, the players, the coaches, the fans ... everybody and everything about it. For him, it was just his heart was too heavy," said Johnson.
Franklin averaged 1.7 points and 2.3 rebounds while playing in 25 games this past season for the Cowboys. He scored a career-best 13 points in OSU's 96-87 overtime win over Iowa State on Jan. 19, and had a career-high 8 rebounds at Texas on Feb. 16.
Johnson said that Franklin called Tuesday to say that he had requested his release, and wanted to transfer closer to home. He said that Franklin expects to transfer to Texas-Arlington, TCU, SMU or North Texas.
"He called me and told me he asked for his release. I said, ‘Are you sure you want to do that? He said, ‘Yeah, I talked to Coach Ford.' From his dad to playing time to position, everything that's going on, he felt like he had too much stress right now, and wasn't having fun. He said, ‘It's not like it used to be.'
"You got LeBryan Nash coming in, so it's going to be a juggling act next year as far as trying to play that 3 or 4 position. At 6-3 1/2 or 6-4, you're not going to make it too long being the center or a power forward, and he's realizing that. He'd rather come down closer to home, go to a UTA (Texas-Arlington) and be closer to his dad, play the position he wants and get on with his career, and get his degree," said Johnson.
Franklin will finish his spring semester classes at Oklahoma State before heading home to the Dallas Metroplex.
I'm sad for him because I know how much he loves Stillwater and Oklahoma State. It was just something that was really heavy on his heart, and like I said, he really didn't want to do it. It hurt him to death," said Johnson.