Florida Atlantic hires Charlie Partridge as coach

Florida Atlantic University has introduced Charlie Partridge as

its new football coach.

He served as assistant head coach and defensive line coach at

Arkansas last season. Partridge, who grew up in nearby Plantation,

Fla., will be the fourth football coach at FAU.

Before working at Arkansas, Partridge spent five years at

Wisconsin when the team played in three consecutive Rose Bowls.

He’ll replace Carl Pelini, who resigned Oct. 30 after FAU said

he acknowledged using illegal drugs. Pelini, who went 5-15 as

coach, later denied using illegal drugs.

Offensive coordinator Brian Wright was interim coach and went

4-0 with the Owls, who finished 6-6 overall and 4-4 in Conference


Former coach Howard Shnellenberger, who founded FAU’s program in

2001, attended the press conference on Tuesday.