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Mizzou Fires DL Coach Jethro Franklin After 5 Games

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Mizzou has fired defensive line coach Jethro Franklin, head coach Eliah Drinkwitz announced Sunday.

“After a careful review, I believe a change in direction at the defensive line coach was needed,” Drinkwitz said. “Jethro is a professional and man of high character, and we wish him all the best moving forward.”  

The program announced defensive analyst Al Davis will move into a full-time coaching role with the defensive line for the rest of the 2021 season.

SB Nation reports Franklin was hired in January 2021 with a decades-long resume as a defensive line coach at both the college and professional levels. He served as DL coach for the Oakland Raiders when Khalil Mack emerged onto the NFL scene, the article states.

His firing also comes less than a day after Mizzou’s embarrassing 62-24 loss to Tennessee at home.

Mizzou is 2-3 overall — defeating only Central Michigan and Southeast Missouri State — and has allowed at least 24 points each game.

Written by Meg Turner

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  1. It was rather obvious in the Tennessee game that the Mizzo D was not giving acceptable effort. They quit in the first half and it was obvious. You simply cannot have that high school stuff happen at this level of football. The players share responsibility here.

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