Florida Atlantic now has a coaching vacancy, according to a report Sunday morning. After three seasons, Charlie Partridge has reportedly been let go by the FAU program. The news was first reported by ESPN West Palm, via Twitter.
Partridge was unable to show any signs of progress with the program. The Owls went 3-9 in each of his three seasons as the head coach. The latest 3-9 season came with an embarrassing 77-56 loss on the road against Middle Tennessee on Saturday. The lack of on-field progress was too much to overcome other improvements in academics with the program under his watch, and the program may actually be in a better position in many areas than when Partridge took over the program. That seems silly to think about considering back-to-back-to-back 3-9 seasons, but there is room to continue growing the FAU program for whoever takes over the program next.
Partridge was hired to be the head coach at FAU in 2014 after serving one year as an assistant under Bret Bielema at Wisconsin and Arkansas from 2008 through 2013.
As Florida Atlantic looks to put a halt to a six-game losing streak, tied with Bowling Green, Fresno State and Kansas for the longest such streak nationally, they’ll have to do so without a starting piece of their offensive line.
Head coach Charlie Partridge announced Wednesday that Bryan Beck will miss the remainder of the 2016 season because of injury. Specifically, the right tackle has an unspecified knee injury.
Beck was pushed into the starting lineup because of a knee injury to senior Kelly Parfitt.
“We’ll attack this challenge like we have the rest of them,” Partridge said of the latest injury setback for his offensive line.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, the Owls will be using their eight different line combination this weekend. Saturday’s game against Western Kentucky will be FAU’s eighth this season.
A redshirt freshman, Beck has started four games this season. Three of those starts came in the last three games in place of the injured Parfitt.
The fallout from a “complete melee” in Week 8 will bleed into Week 9 for Western Kentucky.
Conference USA announced Tuesday that running back Anthony Wales has been suspended for the first half of WKU’s game this weekend against FAU. Wales was one of myriad players involved in an in-game, on-field brawl last Saturday against Old Dominion.
Every player on each team was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from the officiating crew. Additionally, Monarch defensive back Jamshyer McUmber was ejected from the game.
“Conference USA takes sportsmanship and player safety very seriously,” a statement from the league began, “and the conference appreciates the efforts of both coaching staffs and the game officials to restore order following the incident and play the remainder of the game without any additional issues.”
“The league informed us of their decision,” WKU athletic director Todd Stewart said in his statement. “Coach [Jeff] Brohm addressed the situation from our perspective on Saturday and again today. Our focus is on this week’s game at FAU and our goal of winning another conference championship.”
In addition to Wales, ODU safety Christian Bynum has been suspended for the first half of this week’s game against UTEP. WKU wide receivers Nicholas Norris and Kylen Towner and wide receiver Kesean Strong and defensive back Rob Thompson of ODU were issued public reprimands but were not suspended.
Wales is far and away the Hilltoppers leading rusher, topping the team in rushing yards (739), rushing touchdowns (11) and yards per carry (6.5). The rushing touchdowns are tied for fifth nationally.
Quinton Baker, second on the team with 310 yards, will get the start in place of Wales.
Florida Atlantic quarterback Jason Driskel uncorked a 38-yard Hail Mary at the end of regulation and Kamrin Solomon appeared to come down with the football to lift FAU past Charlotte Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately for FAU, the video replay review led to a different conclusion.
Charlotte won just their second game in school history against another FBS program as a result. It is Charlotte’s first Conference USA victory, and it is one that will not be forgotten any time soon considering the drama at the end.
This game was pushed back a day due to Hurricane Matthew moving up the Florida coast. It was surely worth the wait for the 49ers.
The hurricane moving its way through the southeastern region of the country has forced at least one more weather delay for the world of college football. Florida Atlantic announced a few sporting events being rescheduled for this weekend, including a home football game against Charlotte. FAU previously made a tentative change to the schedule to have the game played on Sunday, but it is now locked in.
As a result of the schedule change due to the weather, FAU and Charlotte will now kick off at noon on Sunday in FAU Stadium. Gates will open 90 minutes prior at 10:30 AM. Fans with tickets who cannot attend the rescheduled game are encouraged to call the box office and arrange for trade in their tickets for a future game.
Florida’s home game against LSU has been called off, at least temporarily until a scheduling solution can be figured out. South Carolina’s home game against Georgia has also been pushed back to Sunday.