AUBURN – Arkansas coaches were surprised by Wednesday’s firing of Auburn offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, but said it would have little impact on their game plan.
Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said he had already seen the Tigers use a more conservative offense last week against Vanderbilt.
I think we all know they’ll probably run the ball a lot more,” Petrino said. “They have a physical offensive line, they have great running backs, so we’ve been practicing to do that anyway because of what we saw in the first half of the Vandy game.”
Petrino expressed sympathy for Franklin.
“You feel bad for Tony,” Petrino said. “You feel bad for any coach that gets fired. That is part of the profession.