Carl Franks

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Carl Franks
Current position
TitleRunning backs coach
Biographical details
Born (1960-12-01) December 1, 1960 (age 58)
Playing career
Position(s)Running back, tight end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985Tampa Bay Bandits (RB)
1986VMI (WR/TE)
1987–1989Duke (RB)
1990–1992Florida (RB)
1993Florida (TE)
1994Florida (ILB)
1995–1998Florida (OC/RB)
2004–2012South Florida (RB)
2014–presentBethune-Cookman (RB)
Head coaching record

Carl Franks (born December 1, 1960) is an American football coach and former player. He currently serves as the running backs coach at Bethune Cookman University.[1] From 1999 to 2003, Franks served as the head coach at Duke University, compiling a record of 7–45.[2] He played football at Duke where he was an Academic All-ACC selection.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Franks served as an assistant under Steve Spurrier for 12 years.[4] He served as Spurrier's running backs coach with the United States Football League's Tampa Bay Bandits in 1985, at Duke from 1987 to 1989 and at the University of Florida from 1990 to 1992 and again from 1995 to 1998, serving as the position coach for future National Football League Pro Bowler Fred Taylor.[5][6][7] He was Florida's tight ends coach in 1993 and inside linebackers coach in 1994.[8]

Franks then served as the 19th head coach of his alma mater, Duke, from 1999 to 2003.[9] Appointed as head coach on his 38th birthday, he was dismissed five years later after amassing a 7–45 record.[10] Despite the poor record, Franks was lauded for the academic success of his players, and his program won the Academic Achievement Award from the American Football Coaches Association in 2003.[11]

Franks was the running backs coach at the University of South Florida from 2004 to 2012 under head coaches Jim Leavitt and Skip Holtz.[12] He was the Bulls' interim head coach for six days in January 2010, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the program, between the firing of Jim Leavitt and the hiring of Skip Holtz.[13][14] After Holtz's firing in December 2012,[15] new head coach Willie Taggart did not retain Franks on his staff.[16] After spending the 2013 season out of coaching, in 2014, Franks was named running backs coach at Bethune-Cookman.[17]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Duke Blue Devils (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1999–2003)
1999 Duke 3–8 3–5 T–5th
2000 Duke 0–11 0–8 9th
2001 Duke 0–11 0–8 9th
2002 Duke 2–10 0–8 9th
2003 Duke 2–5* 0–4* *
Duke: 7–45 3–29 *Final 5 games coached by Ted Roof
Total: 7–45

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistant coaches under Carl Franks who became NCAA head coaches:


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