Tommy Tuberville said last night after practice that he fired offensive coordinator Tony Franklin on Wednesday simply for “a lack of production.” No argument here. Auburn was ranked 104th nationally in total offense and had scored 3, 14, and 13 points in its last three games. So there is no question that the new attack under spread offense guru Franklin was not producing.
Last Saturday Auburn took a 13-0 lead by simply lining up in two tight ends and running the ball. Then Vanderbilt made a couple of adjustments and Auburn went back to its spread attack. The Tigers did not score again and had only four yards rushing in the second half, losing 14-13. After the game, media reports showed a confused and frustrated Auburn team.