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12-12-2007, 07:13 AM
Troy OC in talks with Auburn


Bobby Mathews, The Messenger

Troy University offensive coordinator Tony Franklin is the leading candidate to replace departing Auburn coordinator Al Borges.

Franklin interviewed for the position Sunday, Troy coach Larry Blakeney confirmed Tuesday.

That interview came a full day before Borges was forced to resign.

Franklin was hired two years ago to install the spread offense at Troy. Unprecedented success at the Football Bowl Subdivision Level followed. Troy went 7-5 in 2006 and 8-4 this season.

Right now, the only one who knows anything on the record is Franklin.

"He's our offensive coordinator, and that's all I know until I've been informed otherwise," Troy sports information director Ricky Hazel said.

ESPN.com (http://espn.com/) reported that Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville wants to announce a new offensive coordinator today - and at the latest by Friday.

Franklin finds himself in demand after resurrecting a coaching career that was almost done. Before being hired at Troy, Franklin was the head coach and general manager of the Lexington Horsemen in Kentucky.

That followed a controversial stint as offensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky under head coach Hal Mumme. From 1997-1999, Franklin was running backs coach for the Wildcats. From 1980 to 1996, he was head coach at Kentucky High School.

Franklin recruited players like Omar Haugabook, two-time offensive player of the year in the Sun Belt, to come to Troy. In 2006, the Trojans from No. 111 in the nation to No. 69 in the country in scoring offense - a rise attributed to the spread offense. He's also responsible for recruiting transfer student Chris Todd to the Trojans.

Franklin's off-the-field contributions are nearly immeasurable for the Trojans. The year prior to his arrival in Troy, the Trojans' summer football camp increased from 125 total campers in 2005 to 1,500 campers from 20 different states.

Franklin is also responsible for a push to get recruits from all of over the nation. His recruiting responsibilities are listed as southwest Alabama, west Alabama, California junior colleges and Utah junior colleges.

There is no word whether an official offer from Auburn has been extended to Franklin.

Look for further updates on this story on www.troymessenger.com (http://www.troymessenger.com/).