Longtime college football announcer Ron Franklin dead at 79

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Longtime college football and basketball announcer Ron Franklin has died at the age of 79.

Franklin attended college at Ole Miss before media stops in New Mexico, Tulsa, and Houston. He was the voice of the Houston Oilers for over a decade before calling Texas Longhorns games for much of the eighties.

I and most college football fans Franklin for his time at ESPN as he’d call the majority of primetime games on the network. If you’re making a Mt. Rushmore of college football voices from my youth Franklin would almost certainly be on it as he was the voice of Saturday nights for so long and for so many.

His career was prolific but wasn’t without controversy. Notre Dame fans may recall Franklin and Bob Davie being on the call of the 2005 contest at Purdue when Franklin made an inappropriate remark to sideline reporter Holly Rowe.

Colleagues and college football fans took to Twitter to remember Franklin upon the news of his death, see some old highlights and remembrances below:

Fran Fraschilla

Roger Hoover

Clay Travis

Ryan Brown

Mike Barnes

Matt Musil

Wes Boling

Tim Brando

Zach Osterman

Jon Sundvold

Justin Hokanson

Eddie Radosevich

Justin Prestegard

Noah Taylor

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