Ron Franklin death – obituary, Former ESPN anchor passed away at the age of 79.

News of his death was reported by former athletic director Mike Barnes of Austin ABC affiliate KVUE and current ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, who was Franklin’s partner on the Big 12 basketball broadcast.

“An amazing broadcast talent and a good guy,” Frachiera tweeted.

“If you’re a sports fan, you know Ron Franklin and his amazing voice. Incredibly talented and knowledgeable, very friendly and gracious,” Barnes said.

Franklin started working at ESPN in 1987, focusing on college football and basketball. During his tenure with the company, he has been a prominent figure on Big 12 broadcasting.

In 2011, ESPN fired Franklin for an exchange with reporter Jenny Edwards, who allegedly called her “sweetheart” and used derogatory terms after her remarks against him.

Franklin was born on February 2, 1942, and spent his childhood in Hazelhurst, Mississippi. According to a 2010 report in the Mississippi Sports Journal, a compromise with his mother allowed him to play sports while taking voice lessons.

A head injury ended his high school football career, but he found a job as a radio disc jockey and later attended the University of Mississippi.

He added television broadcasting to his resume with stops in New Mexico and Tulsa, Oklahoma, before arriving in Houston in 1971.

He joined the Houston Oilers’ broadcast team the same year he joined KHOU-TV as a live commentator, where he worked until 1980, before spending seven years with fellow city rival KPRC.

Franklin joined ESPN in 1987 and spent more than two decades as a commentator and anchor in college football and basketball coverage.

His stint at the network ended in early 2011 after an off-air oral incident with colleague and sideline journalist Jeannine Edwards. Franklin later sued ESPN for wrongful termination. The lawsuit was settled out of court in 2012, Oklahoma reported.

Franklin lives in Austin and has always been a favorite of Texas Longhorns fans. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and a child.

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