Missouri fires defensive line coach Jethro Franklin
Jethro Franklin's stint as Missouri's defensive line coach is over after five games. A source confirmed to PowerMizzou.com that Franklin has been let go today. The news was first reported by the Columbia Missourian.
Franklin was hired in January. He had been out of football after 29 years in coaching, most recently as a defensive line coach with the Seattle Seahawks.
Missouri officially announced on Sunday afternoon that Franklin has been "relieved of his duties." Defensive analyst Al Davis, who coached the defensive tackles at Illinois last season, will serve as interim defensive line coach.
“After a careful review, I believe a change in direction at the defensive line coach was needed,” head coach Eli Drinkwitz said. “Jethro is a professional and man of high character, and we wish him all the best moving forward.”
Franklin was hired to replace Brick Haley, who was let go by Drinkwitz following his first season.
Missouri's defense has had problems all over through the first five games of the year. The Tigers are ranked 127th in yards allowed per game and are 130th--dead last in FBS--allowing 308 rushing yards per game. The Tigers are 2-3 after a 62-24 loss to Tennessee in which the Volunteers ran for 452 yards and scored on ten of their 11 possessions.
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