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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tony Franklin Fired

Tony Franklin was fired from his position as Auburn's offensive coordinator according to a source that had revealed this information on the afternoon of Wednesday.

Hired in December of 2007, Franklin was added to the team's staff only a few days after the AU offensive coordinator Al Borges had been let go by Tommy Tuberville.

Franklin had been with Troy for the past two years and was brought to the team to run the spread offense, also known as the Tony Franklin System. This system is used across the country in high school programs.

The offense run by Franklin has not been up to par. The Tigers are 4-2, 2-2 in the SEC.

The firing was confirmed by the University at 3:44 p.m. after a press release saying that the duties of Franklin have been relieved upon immediate effect.

Tuberville is quoted saying, "After evaluating where we are at this point of the season offensively, I felt it was in the best interest of the Auburn football program to make this change. I'm not satisfied with where we are and I am personally going to take a larger role with the offense the remainder of the season. We are going to work harder than ever to make sure we consistently improve as we move forward."

In the SEC and country their offense is near the bottom. Ranked at 104, Auburn has a total of 309.2 yards per game, 104.98 pass efficiency, and 29.7 percent in third down conversions.

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