- Ron Franklin
Ron Franklin (born
February 2, 1942in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American sportscaster, who joined ESPNin 1987. He primarily works as a play-by-playcommentator for ESPN's coverage of college basketballand college football. From 1987 to 2005, he anchored "ESPN College Football Primetime" primarily with Mike Gottfried, but in 2006, he moved over to ESPN2 College Football Primetime with Ed Cunningham. In 2007, that crew will move to ESPN on ABCto call mainly Big 12games. In college basketball, he is the primary ESPN play-by-play man with Fran Fraschillafor Big 12 games. The duo also calls the NITChampionship.
Also, in the past, he has called the tennis
French Open, college baseballand the U.S. Olympic Festival.
He signed a contract extension with
ESPN, he was basketball and football play-by-play commentator for the University of Texasfrom 1983-1988. He was also the play-by-playvoice of the Houston Oilersfrom 1971-1982. He also worked as sports director for four different local news stations including: KSWSin Roswell, New Mexicoin 1965, KVOO in Tulsa, Oklahomafrom 1967-1971, KHOU-TVand KPRC-TV, both in Houston, Texasfrom 1971-1980 and 1980-1987 respectively.
Franklin is a graduate of the
University of Mississippiand a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilonfraternity. He is married with one child.
Holly Rowe Incident
October 1, 2005, according to the Chicago Tribune, during a game between Notre Dame and Purdue that Franklin was calling, sideline reporter Holly Rowelauded Purdue defensive coordinator Brock Spackfor using all three timeouts on defense despite trailing by four touchdowns late in the game. "If the coaches are giving up," Rowe added, "what does that say to the players?" Franklin responded: "Holly, it's not giving up. It's 49-21, sweetheart."
In response to that,
Mo Davenport, senior coordinating producer for college football 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."
Ever since Franklin was dropped from the Saturday primetime games on
ESPNin 2005, many fans and bloggers have expressed their displeasure with the demotion. Even Richard Deitschof SI.comwrote about how many people were displeased about the move. [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/richard_deitsch/01/12/media.circus/1.html] However, in response to this, Franklin has simply said:
For Franklin fans, the good news is that he doesn't plan on hanging it up anytime soon. -January 2007
* [http://22.214.171.124/search?q=cache:etnPAyAgkNgJ:www.newsombudsmen.org/cgi-bin/ono_article.pl%3Fmode%3Dview%26article_id%3D1129341866+ron+franklin+espn&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=7 Organization of News: Drawing a Line Between Reporting and Commentating]
* [http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/big12/stories/MYSA082505.2C.FBCespn.franklin.a7cab3b9.html MySanAntonio.com: ESPN announcer Ron Franklin comments on college football]
* [http://sports.espn.go.com/espntv/espnBio?type=name ESPN.tv bio page]
* [http://dodgyatbest.blogspot.com/2006/09/one-horrible-cfb-change-too-many.html Blogger.com: One Horrible CFB Change Too Many]
* [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/richard_deitsch/01/12/media.circus/1.html SI.com: Veteran broadcaster Ron Franklin getting some love]
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