- The Washington Times - Monday, February 21, 2005

Maryland receivers coach James Franklin resigned yesterday to become the Green Bay Packers’ receivers coach.

Franklin starts in Green Bay today after receiving an unsolicited call from Packers offensive coordinator Tom Rossley, who said he’d heard of Franklin from friends. Former Maryland coach Mark Duffner is now the Packers’ linebackers coach. Franklin said he wasn’t looking to leave Maryland.

“I’d just like an opportunity to become a head coach some day and this is another step in the right direction,” he said. “I’ve had an unbelievable experience at Maryland. I was fortunate to work for [coach] Ralph Friedgen and learned so much in a short time. I have very, very strong feelings for Maryland and the area.”

Franklin, 33, coached five seasons at Maryland after one year at Idaho State. His departure is a double hit for the Terrapins because he also served as recruiting coordinator for the last two years. Earlier this month, Maryland signed a class ranked in the top 20 by several national recruiting services.

“It wasn’t me, it was coach Friedgen and the system,” Franklin said. “Maryland will keep on rolling.”

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