Auburn could have handled the firing of Tony Franklin with more class. Perhaps they should have looked at Alabama's Nick Saban way of getting rid of an assistant. Major Applewhite seemed to lack chemistry with last year's offensive staff. He seemed inexperienced, lethargic, unenthusiastic, and unfocused. Nick Saban didn't fire him but let Major Applewhite fire himself. He put him in a corner by threatening to take away some of his powers and play calling duties but keeping him on board until Major Applewhite departed himself.
What's to stop Tony Franklin from going to another team and giving up valuable information on Auburn's football team? A year contract to be a consultant plus a bonus if the team beats Auburn would sound great. Except he might be black balled from coaching anywhere else. Or he could go cry to the public about how he was done wrong and let the media eat it up and Tuberville be the bad guy... Either way the firing of Tony Franklin was done at the wrong time and takes Auburn's program backwards. The only thing that really ever matters at Auburn is not championships but beating Alabama and winning Hesiman trophies.