Arkansas associate head coach and Plantation native Charlie Partridge has been offered FAU’s vacant head coaching position and is expected to accept the offer, the Sun Sentinel has learned.
According to multiple sources close to the situation, who asked to remain anonymous, Partridge will be announced as FAU’s hire early next week.
Partridge moved to Arkansas last year, accepting a position as the Razorbacks' top assistant and defensive line coach. Before that, he spent five years at Wisconsin, where he built a reputation as one of college football’s best recruiters of South Florida talent.
Partridge interviewed for the FAU position Friday. He beat out Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton for the job.
FAU athletic director Pat Chun did not respond to calls and a text message seeking comment.
The FAU head coaching position opened on Oct. 30 when Carl Pelini, along with defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis, resigned amid allegations of drug use during a bye-week trip to Key West. Pelini has since denied the drug use claims and FAU formally amended his exit from the program to a termination for failure to supervise his staff.
Offensive coordinator Brian Wright was hired as the FAU's interim head coach after Pelini's resignation. Under Wright, the Owls went 4-0 and became bowl eligible for the first time since 2008.
Last Sunday, FAU found out that it would not be invited to a bowl game, and on Wednesday Wright was told that he was no longer in the running to be FAU's next head coach. Chun had maintained for more than a month that Wright was a viable candidate to be hired as FAU's head coach on a full-time basis.
Partridge, 40, is a graduate of Plantation High and played college football at Drake. He started his coaching career at Drake before heading to Iowa State from 1998-2000. Partridge coached at Eastern Illinois for a year before coaching at Pitt for five years.
At Wisconsin, Partridge began to stand out as a top recruiter of South Florida talent. He moved to Arkansas with Bret Bielema last winter and then signed South Florida's top prospect, running back Alex Collins, who rushed for over 1,000 yards as a freshman this past season.