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Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and FAU have agreed on a deal that will make the Plantation native the Owls next coach.

Originally published on 12/16/2013

by Chuck King

Florida Atlantic's search for a head football coach has ended.

FAU Athletic Director Pat Chun confirmed that the Owls have reached an agreement with Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge to take over the team. The sides had been in contract discussions since Saturday but did not reach agreement until Monday morning, an FAU spokesperson said on Monday.

A source told that the sides agreed on a contract that will pay Partridge $2.76 million over five years, plus incentives.

The deal is not official, as Partridge has yet to physically sign. He is expected to do so on Tuesday prior to a scheduled 11:30 a.m. introductory press conference that will be held in the recruiting room of FAU's football stadium.

Partridge has been with the Razorbacks for one season after coming to Arkansas from Wisconsin, where he was for five seasons.

Chun is also believed to have interviewed Ohio State assistant coach Stan Drayton and Virginia Tech assistant Chane Beamer on Friday.

Partridge is familiar with the state of Florida after recruiting the area for both Wisconsin and Arkansas.

A native of Plantation, this is Partridge's first job as a head coach.

Prior to Wisconsin, he spent four seasons at Pitt. He's also coached at Eastern Illinois and Iowa St.

Partridge will fill a vacancy created when FAU got rid of Carl Pelini eight games into the season. Brian Wright took over as the interim coach and led the Owls to victories in their final four games. Wright had been considered a candidate for the position.

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Partridge File

Coaching resume of Charlie Partridge, FAU's new football coach:

  • 1996-97: Drake (Graduate Assistant - offense)
  • 1998-99: Iowa State (Graduate Assistant - defense)
  • 2000-01: Iowa State (Director of Football Operations)
  • 2002: Eastern Illinois (Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Line)
  • 2003-05: Pitt (Defensive Line)
  • 2006: Pitt (Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Line)
  • 2007: Pitt (Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers)
  • 2008-10: Wisconsin (Defensive Line/Specialists)
  • 2011-12: Wisconsin (Associate Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)
  • 2013-present: Arkansas (Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line)

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