Bucs hire Franklin to coach defensive line

Updated: February 5, 2006, 9:53 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have begun the process of replenishing their depleted coaching staff, hiring Southern California assistant Jethro Franklin as defensive line coach.

Franklin, 39, served on USC coach Pete Carroll's staff only one season before returning to the NFL for a second stint. Franklin coached the Green Bay Packers' defensive linemen for five seasons, 2000-2004, on former coach Mike Sherman's staff.

Tampa Bay officials said last week they have spoken to 30 candidates ...

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