FAU fires coach Charlie Partridge as Owls continue seeking relevancy
Located in South Florida, there remains untapped opportunity to win at FAU
After posting a third consecutive 3-9 season, Charlie Partridge has been fired by FAU, the school announced Sunday afternoon.
"I want to thank Charlie Partridge for putting his heart and soul into Florida Atlantic University for the past three years," said athletic director Pat Chun in a statement. "He led our program with integrity and character. Most importantly, he impacted the lives of our student-athletes and that will have a lasting effect."
Florida Atlantic has never had a full-time head coach with a winning record for his career. Legendary coach Howard Schnellenberger, who jump-started the program, went 58-74 over 11 seasons. Carl Pelini, who was fired in his second season for off-field issues, went 5-14.
The Owls have not played in a bowl game since winning the New Orleans Bowl and Motor City Bowl back-to-back in 2007 and 2008 under Schnellenberger. The 2007 season was FAU's best as the Owls went 8-5 (6-1 Sun Belt) with conference player of the year Rusty Smith leading the team.
Though FAU has lacked success, it has always been viewed as an up-and-coming program located in a fertile recruiting ground -- Boca Raton, Florida, is in Palm Beach County with Broward and Miami-Dade just south of it -- with new facilities and increasing fan support. It should be a coveted position for a number of assistants nationally.
FAU is the second South Florida school to fire a coach this offseason as FIU rid itself of Ron Turner and hired former Miami coach Butch Davis earlier this month. The teams are local rivals.
I'm also told that FAU is going to increase its salary pool for HC and assistants. This is a very attractive mid-major job.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 27, 2016
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