It has been a tumultuous couple of months for the Florida Atlantic Owls football program, but it appears as if stability is on the way in the form of a new head coach.
RT @dkurtenbach: Charlie Partridge is FAU’s new head coach.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) December 15, 2013
Current Arkansas associate head coach and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge is the new reported choice, as first reported by Bryan Fischer of the Sun Sentinel. Partridge will replace former head coach Carl Pelini, who was forced to resign amid scandal in November, and since then, offensive coordinator Brian Wright has been leading the way.
Despite the circumstances, Florida Atlantic was actually able to build a bowl-eligible resume this season, but they were unceremoniously left out of the bowl lineup, and their 6-6 mark simply wasn’t good enough in the eyes of many. That brings Partridge to the discussion, and although we don’t know exactly what type of coach he’ll be, all indications are that his ability as a high-range recruiter under Bret Bielema at both Wisconsin and Arkansas is part of what drew him to the south Florida school.
Because of their geography, many believe that FAU is an untapped power in the mid-tier college football world, and with a new, presumably stable regime in place, they can attempt to make that sort of mark.