February 3, 2009

Ex-Auburn aide Franklin hired by Middle Tennessee

Tony Franklin has agreed to become offensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee State, Rivals.com has learned. An announcement is expected to be made Thursday.

Franklin, 51, takes over for G.A. Mangus, who left to coach quarterbacks at South Carolina. Franklin was fired just six games into last season by Auburn after the Tigers offense struggled to adapt to his spread scheme. Despite the struggles at Auburn, Franklin is considered by many to be one of the most innovative offensive minds in the game and a tremendous teacher.

Prior to joining Auburn, Franklin was a highly successful offensive coordinator at Troy from 2006-07. He also was an assistant at Kentucky under Hal Mumme from 1997-2000.

Tom Dienhart is the national senior writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dienhart@yahoo-inc.com.

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