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    Jethro Franklin Named Defensive Line Coach For USC Football
    Jethro Franklin is USC's new defensive line coach.
    Jethro Franklin is USC's new defensive line coach.

    Jan. 20, 2005

    Jethro Franklin, who has spent the past 14 years coaching defensive lines at the NFL and collegiate levels, has been named the defensive line coach at USC, Trojan head football coach Pete Carroll announced today (Jan. 20).

    He replaces Ed Orgeron, who last month was hired as the head coach at Mississippi.

    Franklin, 39, handled the defensive line for the Green Bay Packers for the past 5 seasons (2000-04). The Packers were sixth in the league in total defense in 2004, 10th in rush defense in 2003, third in pass defense in 2002 and fifth in scoring defense in 2001. The defense set various Packers game, season and all-time sack records during his tenure

    Before his stint in Green Bay, he coached the interior defensive line at UCLA in 1999.

    Franklin began his coaching career at his alma mater, Fresno State, where he was in charge of the defensive line for 8 seasons (1991-98). The Bulldogs played in 3 bowls while he was there: the 1991 California Bowl, the 1992 Freedom Bowl (a 24-7 upset over USC) and the 1993 Aloha Bowl.

    While at Fresno State, he had a pair of NFL coaching fellowships, working with the Buffalo Bills in the summer of 1994 and the Cleveland Browns in the summer of 1995.

    After being drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1988, he spent the 1989 season playing defensive line for the Seattle Seahawks. He then was the No. 1 draft choice of the San Antonio Rough Riders of the World League of American Football in 1991, but instead opted to begin his coaching career.

    He started on the defensive line for 2 seasons (1986-87) at Fresno State, earning All-American second team honors both seasons. As a 1986 junior, he set a then-school record with 19.5 sacks. He was the Pacific Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Fresno State's MVP as a 1987 senior. He had 31.5 career sacks.

    Prior to Fresno State, he played 2 seasons (1984-85) at San Jose (Calif.) Community College, winning junior college All-American honors in 1985.

    He was on the football and track teams at Yerba Buena High in San Jose (Calif.).

    He earned his bachelor's degree in criminology at Fresno State in 1989.

    He was born on Oct. 25, 1965, in St. Lazaire, France, where his father was stationed in the military.

    He and his wife, Cherise, have a son, Khalil, 7, and a daughter, Takara, 5.