DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Duke fired coach Carl Franks yesterday and
appointed defensive coordinator Ted Roof as his replacement for the
rest of the season.

The firing comes a day after the Blue Devils (2-5) fell behind
Wake Forest 42-0 at halftime, and lost 42-13 for their
29th-straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.

“Halftime of the game yesterday was the straw that broke the
camel’s back for me,” athletic director Joe Alleva said.

Franks is the third Division I-A head coach to be fired so far
this season, joining John Mackovic at Arizona and Todd Berry at
Army. Mississippi State’s Jackie Sherrill announced last week that
he would retire at the end of the season.

Franks, a former Duke tight end, was 7-45 in four-and-a-half
seasons.

He had signed a contract extension through 2006 after going 2-10
last year, but it’s unclear how much of his salary was guaranteed.
Alleva declined to discuss any details of the contract at a news
conference yesterday.

Franks did not immediately return a call to his home seeking
comment. He issued a statement through the school which read: “I am
disappointed that we didn’t have more success. I certainly wish I
could have finished out the season, but Joe Alleva decided that a
change needed to be made.”

Early this season, Alleva said Franks would have to win at least
one ACC game and the team would have to show significant progress
to keep his job.

However, Alleva pulled the plug on Franks after just four
conference games. The Blue Devils have four ACC games remaining and
a nonconference meeting at No. 22 Tennessee on Nov. 1.

Alleva said he kept Franks around for this year because the Blue
Devils last year were showing improvement. Duke returned a
league-high 20 starters from last year’s team, but were averaging
an ACC-worst 15 points a game.

Alleva indirectly pointed to the problem when asked what Roof
could do to right the ship in Durham.

“I think Ted’s very passionate and very enthusiastic, some of
the things that I think our team hasn’t shown this year,” Alleva
said.

Alleva said a search for a replacement will begin immediately,
and that Roof would be considered.

“I’m looking for a coach that can recruit, that can motivate the
team and that can lead this organization – be a leader,” Alleva
said. “I think it’s a great coaching job. We have nowhere to go but
up.”

 

 

 

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