UT head coach Charlie Strong watches his team warm up before the Baylor game at McLane Stadium in Waco on Saturday December 5, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Cal’s Tony Franklin now third candidate for Texas OC position

Posted December 10th, 2015

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A new third candidate has emerged in Texas coach Charlie Strong’s search for an offensive coordinator.

California’s Tony Franklin is interviewing for the position, according to Orangebloods, a member of the Rivals network.

Franklin just finished his third season at Cal working with quarterback Jared Goff, who will be one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming NFL draft. According to his bio, Franklin coaches quarterbacks and running backs in addition to being Cal’s offensive coordinator.

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Franklin is believed to be the third candidate Strong has interviewed for the position. TCU’s Sonny Cumbie interview on Sunday and Monday, and Strong offered him a three-year, guaranteed contract worth $1.2 million contract annually. Cumbie turned the job down, though.

Strong then interviewed Tulsa’s Sterlin Gilbert, a position coach schooled in Art Briles’ offensive philosophies.

Gilbert holds the title of co-offensive coordinator at Tulsa. However, Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery called played this season for the Golden Hurricane, a 6-6 squad that will face Virginia Tech on Dec. 26 in the Independence Bowl.

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