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Miami Hurricanes defensive line coach Jethro Franklin leaving for the NFL's Oakland Raiders

   University of Miami football coach Al Golden has yet to fire an assistant coach since he came to the Hurricanes in 2011.

   On Friday, however, the Canes lost their defensive line coach to the NFL.

   Jethro Franklin, who just completed his fourth season with Miami, has been hired as the Oakland Raiders defensive line coach, UM confirmed Friday night.

   Franklin will join first-year head coach Jack Del Rio.

   "Coaching in the NFL has always been a dream, but coaching in the NFL in my hometown is the opportunity of a lifetime,'' Franklin said in a statement released by UM. "I'm extremely excited about the progress that we've made at Miami. The players that we've brought in on the defensive line are extremely talented and are going to move this program forward.''

   Miami's lack of a pass rush has been one of the most criticized aspect of its defense the past few years. The Hurricanes finished 61st nationally with 27 sacks last season, two fewer than in 2013.

   In 2012, the Canes ranked 115th with only 13 sacks.

  Franklin, who grew up in San Jose, Calif., spent 20 years coaching defensive lines at the NFL and collegiate levels before coming to Coral Gables. His past coaching stints included jobs with the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Bucs and Houston Texans.

   "I could not be happier for Jethro and his family,'' Golden said. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work where he grew up and to join his father and family in Oakland. We can't thank Jethro enough for everything he has done for our program.''

  Franklin's replacement, if known, has not been revealed. Former UM great defensive end Kevin Patrick, a first-team All-American in 1993, comes to mind immediately. Patrick, who formerly was the D-line coach at USF, is now the defensive line coach at the University of North Texas.

Patrick played at West Palm Beach Forest Hill High School and ended his UM career with 23 sacks, good for fifth all-time in school history. He will be inducted in the UM Sports Hall of Fame this year.  

   Another obvious candidate would be defensive line grad assistant and former UM defensive end Kareem Brown, who played at UM from 2003-2006 and is popular with the players. He had 11 sacks his final season.

    Former Hurricane Matt Patchan, the father of new signee Scott Patchan, an early enrollee who is a defensive end out of Brandenton IMG Academy, said he was disappointed Franklin was leaving.

   "I wish him well,'' Matt Patchan told the Miami Herald on Friday night. "I'm disappointed he won't get a chance to coach Scott, but I'm confident they'll hire someone else who will do a good job.''

   UM finished 6-7 this past season.

  In other UM news, director of player personnel Matt Doherty is leaving the Hurricanes to work in recruiting at Michigan for new coach Jim Harbaugh.

    SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

    

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