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Report: MT OC Franklin to Louisiana Tech

2/9/2010

The Daily News Journal is reporting Middle Tennessee offensive coordinator Tony Franklin has taken the same position with Louisiana Tech.

Franklin’s hire is pending approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana system, but Louisiana could announce the hire as early as Thursday or Friday.

Franklin spent just over a year with the Blue Raiders after being fired as the offensive coordinator at Auburn. During his short stint, the Blue Raiders offense broke the school’s single-season record for total yards and points.

Franklin joining Louisiana Tech means the Bulldogs will have two spread offense gurus working the offense. Newly named head coach Sonny Dykes has been lauded for his work with spread offenses. Both men worked together in Kentucky under Hal Mumme, another spread offense guru, during the late 90s. Dykes worked with tight ends and wide receivers in two different stints with the Wildcats and Franklin coached running backs.

Louisiana Tech will change its offense to a spread system this spring and Dykes said he hopes to have the entire system in place by the fall. Middle Tennessee did not have the personnel to run a spread offense, but Franklin made the most with what he had. He turned quarterback Dwight Dasher into a dual threat and Dasher ranked seventh in the country in total offense.

The spring will be an audition of sorts for every position on the roster, but most importantly quarterback. Starter Ross Jenkins is facing internal discipline after being arrest for driving while intoxicated over the weekend. His blood alcohol was three times the legal limit. The Bulldogs have four other quarterbacks on the roster and one coming in with the 2010 class.

Middle Tennessee State is now tasked with finding a new offensive and defensive coordinator. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz took the same position at Mississippi State in January.