Miami defensive line coach Jethro Franklin is expected to accept the same job with the NFL's Oakland Raiders, according to sources.
The move would reunite Franklin with his close friend Ken Norton Jr., who was hired Friday as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator. The two coached together at USC in 2005 when Franklin was defensive line coach and Norton oversaw the Trojans’ linebackers.
Franklin’s family still lives in California, even though he has been Miami’s defensive line coach the last four years. He has coached defensive line his entire career.
His stops coaching the position have included Temple (2010), USC (2005 and 2009) and the Houston Texans (2007-08). He has also done it for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006), the Green Bay Packers (2000-04) and as an interim at UCLA (1999).
A native of Saint-Nazaire, France, Franklin got his start in coaching at his alma mater, Fresno State, from 1991-98. He was a defensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks in 1989.
Franklin joins new Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, who had been defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos the last three seasons. The Raiders had a 3-13 record this past year and fired former coach Dennis Allen in September after an 0-4 start.
Under Franklin this past season, Miami was 68th in the FBS in sacks (2.08 per game) and 102nd tackles-for-loss (4.9 per game). The Hurricanes had a 6-7 record under Al Golden, who has a 28-22 mark in his four seasons.