STRONG INTERVIEWS TONY FRANKLIN AS OC SEARCH CONTINUES

Charlie Strong on Thursday interviewed Cal offensive coordinator Tony Franklin as part of his search for Texas' new offensive coordinator.

Charlie Strong's search for a new offensive coordinator on Thursday included an interview on the Texas campus with Cal offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, who certainly brings play-calling experience to the party.

Strong has already interviewed TCU co-offensive coordinator/QB coach Sonny Cumbie and Tulsa co-OC/QB coach Sterlin Gilbert, both of whom are associated with high-scoring offenses but lack play-calling experience at the college level.

Franklin, a product of the Hal Mumme spread passing attack (that also spawned Mike Leach and his Air Raid), has been the OC at Kentucky (2000), Troy (2006-07), Auburn (2008), Middle Tennessee State (2009), Louisiana Tech (2010-12) and Cal (2013-15).

At Cal, Franklin is credited with helping develop QB Jared Goff into a potential first-round NFL draft pick in April.

While Franklin's offenses have always had strong passing numbers, they have often struggled to run the ball effectively.

Year......... Team........... Rush YPG...........  NCAA Rank

2000 .......Kentucky..........110.1.....................92

2006 ..........Troy..............128.5.....................66

2007...........Troy..............182.6.....................35

2008.........Auburn............137.5.....................69

2009..........MTSU..............186.......................27

2010.........La Tech............170.9......................40

2011.........La Tech............146.2......................70

2012.........La Tech............227.2......................17

2013...........Cal................122.2 ....................107

2014...........Cal................149.2......................84

2015...........Cal................155.7......................84

 

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