March 12, 1999
LOS ANGELES - Jethro Franklin, who has spent the last eight years coaching the defensive line at Fresno State, has been hired to coach the interior defensive line at UCLA, head coach Bob Toledo announced today. He replaces Terry Tumey, who was hired as a defensive assistant by the Denver Broncos.
"Jethro is an outstanding young football coach," said Toledo. "He comes highly recommended by many people. (Running backs coach) Kelly Skipper coached and played with Jethro at Fresno State and is very familiar with his coaching ability. I think he will do a great job working with our young players."
Franklin, 33, produced several All-League performers during his eight years coaching the Bulldog defensive line. In 1992, the defensive front played a key role in setting a new FSU season record for tackles for losses (67).
The new Bruin coach twice earned All-America honors (1986 and 1987) as a Bulldog defensive lineman. As a junior in 1986, he set a school record (since broken) with 19.5 sacks. As a senior in 1987, he was selected second-team All-American and PCAA Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Bulldogs with 12 sacks. Four of those came against Troy Aikman and the UCLA Bruins during a September game at the Rose Bowl. During his two-year career, he made 31.5 sacks (second on FSU's career list) and was named the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior.
Franklin was an 11th round draft choice by the Houston Oilers in 1988 and spent the 1989 and '90 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He was the No. 1 draft choice of the San Antonio Rough Riders of the WLAF in the winter of 1991 but instead elected to begin his coaching career.
Franklin, who was born in Lazaire, France, and his wife Cherise have one son, Khalil. Franklin earned a Bachelor's degree in criminology from Fresno State in 1989.