Auburn Fires Tony Franklin

AUBURN, AL - Auburn offensive coordinator Tony Franklin has been relieved of his duties with the program effective immediately, announced head coach Tommy Tuberville Wednesday afternoon.

"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," Tuberville said. "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."

Franklin was hired in December 2007 and coached the offense in the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl as well as the first six games this season. He brought a spread offense that was a big departure from the more smashmouth stlye Tuberville has long favored.

Unfortunately, Franklin's plan didn't click with the Tigers. Auburn is ranked 104th in total offense and quarterbacks Kodi Burns and Chris Todd have alternated and are still battling for the starting job.

After Auburn hit a 4-2 season and fell to 20th in the rankings Tuberville made a decision to let Franklin go.

Tuberville hired Franklin from Troy last December after firing Al Borges.

Tuberville is currently speaking with his team at this time.

WSFA 12 News has a crew en route to Auburn and will have a live report on WSFA 12 News at 6:00.

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