Ex-Fresno State star Jethro Franklin will be the new defensive line coach of the Oakland Raiders, confirming the move and his departure from the same post at the University of Miami on Friday afternoon.
“Coaching in the NFL has always been a dream, but coaching in the NFL in my hometown is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Franklin, who was born in France to a military father but grew up in San Jose and attended Yerba Buena High and San Jose City College.
First-year Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio also announced Friday that ex-Dallas and San Francisco star Ken Norton Jr. is the new defensive coordinator.
Franklin, 49, spent two seasons (1986-87) as a starter on the defensive line at Fresno State, earning All-America second team honors. As a junior, he set a then-school record with 19.5 sacks and had 31.5 for his career.
He launched his coaching career with the Bulldogs, taking charge of the defensive line from 1991-98.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work where he grew up and to join his father and family in Oakland,” said Hurricanes coach Al Golden, who brought Franklin with him from Temple in 2011. “I could not be happier for Jethro and his family.”
Franklin was an 11th-round draft pick by the Houston Oilers in 1988 and played one season for Seattle before starting a coaching career that also included stops at USC and UCLA and in the NFL with Green Bay, Houston and Tampa Bay.