Franklin hire officially announced

Louisiana Tech formally announced the hiring of offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, who resigned from Middle Tennessee last week after accepting the job with the Bulldogs.

Franklin’s hire is pending approval from the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana system.

“I’m excited to have Tony as part of the staff,” Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes said. “He has a proven track record at many institutions and at many levels. He is highly energetic and brings a detailed plan. He has a great history of being able to move the ball and score points.”

Franklin has jumped around a bit in the past few seasons. He was the offensive coordinator at Troy in 2007 before leaving to run the offense at Auburn. Franklin was fired before the end of the season, but Middle Tennessee hired him prior to start of the 2009 campaign.

While leading Middle Tennessee, Franklin’s no huddle offense produced 421.7 yards and 32 points per game, the fourth and seventh highest totals in MTSU history.

The Blue Raiders set records in total yards, passing yards, and total points, while finishing 23rd nationally in scoring and 27th in total offense in 2009.

Franklin said he plans to bring the same style of offense to Louisiana Tech.

“We will run a fast-paced, no huddle, attacking offense that scores points and builds excitement,” Franklin said. “College football is unique in that, except for maybe the top 10 teams, any of the next 110 can beat each other on any given day. I’m excited to be in a competitive conference with a good football history. This conference is wide open and I look forward to being in a challenging and evenly-matched league.”

The fact that Franklin was able to help turn Middle Tennessee into a 10-3 team, the first 10-win team in Sun Belt Conference history, in one season gives the Bulldogs hope to be a contender in the WAC next year. The question this spring will be about the quarterback in the Bulldogs’ new spread offense. If Franklin can find a star quarterback like he did at Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Tech could be dangerous in 2010.