AUBURN – An Auburn employee wanted to know why Tony Franklin was loading his car with boxes in front of the school’s athletic complex Wednesday afternoon.
“They told me to get lost,” Franklin said.
And so Franklin did. Head coach Tommy Tuberville fired his offensive coordinator halfway through a troubled offensive season, three days after giving Franklin a show of support and three days before playing Arkansas in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday.
“We’re going to go forward. We’re going to be positive about it,”
Tuberville said after the first practice without Franklin.
Auburn coaches had a short time to formalize a game plan for Arkansas, however. The coaches were holed up in the offensive and defensive meeting rooms late into Wednesday night.