Duke fires football coach Franks

Updated: October 19, 2003, 3:09 PM ET

DURHAM, North Carolina - Duke football coach Carl Franks, whose teams were barely competitive in his four-plus seasons at the school, was fired on Sunday, one day after the Blue Devils suffered a 42-13 loss to Wake Forest.

Franks posted just a 7-45 record, failing to win a game in the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The Blue Devils went 3-8 last year, snapping a 23-game losing streak with a season-opening win over East Carolina.

After getting off to a 2-1 start this season, Duke has dropped four in a row. Saturday's defeat was the Blue Devils' 29th consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference loss.

Ted Roof, Duke's defensive coordinator the past two seasons, will coach the team for the remainder of the year.

Athletic director Joe Alleva pointed to Franks' excellent record of graduating his players.

"However, I have not seen significant improvement on the field, which prompted this decision," he said.

"Joe Alleva and I are in full agreement that this decision is in the best interests of our football program and university," Duke president Nannerl O. Keohane added.

A former all-ACC linebacker at Georgia Tech, Roof began his second coaching stint at Duke in 2002. He was a member of the Blue Devils' staff from 1990-93 and also had coaching stints at Alabama, West Georgia, Massachusetts, Western Carolina and Georgia Tech.

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