Franklin, 68, works ABC or ESPN Saturday afternoon telecasts with analyst Ed Cunningham. Franklin, a graduate of Mississippi, joined ESPN in 1987 and built a strong following as play-by-play man on the network's College Football Primetime Saturday telecasts, a role he held through the 2005 season.
In 2007, Richard Deitsch of SI wrote of Franklin: "With his deep Mississippi pipes that scream Southern football, Franklin is a favorite of some bloggers. No argument here. The guy is as solid as oak."
Franklin told the Oklahoman last year that he was "98.5% sure" that he would retire when his contract expired in 2010. But he agreed to a two-year deal this past summer that reduced his number of assignments to 35 a year. He had been doing as many as 60.
"When the money came forward, I realized I couldn't do better initially with my freelance work than what they were going to pay me," he told the newspaper.
Franklin's career has not been without controversy. The veteran announcer was working a Notre Dame-Purdue game in 2005 when sideline reporter Holly Rowe lauded Boilermaker defensive coordinator Brock Spack for using three timeouts despite trailing by four touchdowns late in the game.
"If the coaches are giving up, what does that say to the players?" Rowe asked. Franklin responded: "Holly, it's not giving up. It's 49-21, sweetheart."
ESPN ombudsman George Solomon wrote: "Franklin's comment, and demeaning tone, in response to Rowe's legitimate observation was disrespectful to the audience and to a colleague."
Senior coordinating producer for college football Mo Davenport said: "It was an inappropriate comment and we've communicated that to Ron. There's never a reason to say something so mean-spirited. Ron apologized. We dealt with it internally."
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