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Franklin spent the past three seasons as Maryland’s assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, and since February 2009 had been in line to succeed Friedgen. Franklin first joined Maryland as an assistant from 2000 through 2004, getting promoted to recruiting coordinator in 2003.

He also coached receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and Josh Freeman. Heyward-Bey was selected seventh overall by Oakland and Freeman was taken 17th by Tampa Bay in 2009 NFL draft.

Franklin also was offensive coordinator at Kansas State in 2006 and 2007 with the Wildcats ranking 20th in passing offense and 21st in scoring offense in his second season. That also was the first time Kansas State had a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,500-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher.

He coached wide receivers with the Green Bay Packers in 2005 and had minority coaching internships with the Minnesota Vikings (2008), Philadelphia Eagles (1999) and Miami Dolphins (1998).

A quarterback at East Stroudsburg from 1991-1994, Franklin started his coaching career at Kutztown in 1995 before returning to his alma mater as a graduate assistant and secondary coach. He worked at James Madison in 1997 coaching receivers before working with tight ends at Washington State in 1998 and with receivers at Idaho State in 1999.

(This version CORRECTS to Franklin is third black SEC coach.)