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'Backs assistant to FAU

Longtime Bret Bielema assistant Charlie Partridge will take over a Florida Atlantic program that lost its coach in a drug scandal.

Associated Press (2012)

Longtime Bret Bielema assistant Charlie Partridge will take over a Florida Atlantic program that lost its coach in a drug scandal.

BOCA RATON — Arkansas assistant head coach and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge was hired Monday as head coach at Florida Atlantic.

A native of nearby Plantation, Partridge has worked under head coach Bret Bielema the past six years, including five seasons at Wisconsin and the past season at Arkansas. He helped the Badgers reach the Rose Bowl three times.

Partridge also coached at Pittsburgh, Eastern Illinois, Iowa State and Drake, where he played and graduated in 1995. He was regarded as a top recruiter of South Florida players while at Arkansas and Wisconsin.

Carl Pelini resigned as coach Oct. 30 after FAU said he and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis acknowledged using illegal drugs. Rekstis also resigned.

Pelini later denied using illegal drugs, but the school withdrew his resignation and fired him. Offensive coordinator Brian Wright succeeded him as interim coach and went 4-0.

An introductory news conference for Partridge is scheduled for today.

TOP COACH: Auburn's Gus Malzahn won the Eddie Robinson coach of the year award presented by the Football Writers Association of America. Malzahn has led the Tigers to the BCS national championship game in his first season after taking over a team that went 3-9 in 2012.

COACH STAYING PUT: Stanford David Shaw said he has no intention of leaving for the NFL after this season. Shaw called the speculation flattering and said though he was bothered by it last year, now "it's just a testament to being a really good college football program. … No matter what I say, the rumors aren't going to stop," he said. "It doesn't bother me."

lane KIFFIN to advise tide: Former USC coach Lane Kiffin is visiting Alabama this week to evaluate the Crimson Tide's offense, ESPN reported. Kiffin, who was fired on Sept. 29 in his fourth year with the Trojans, is a guest of Alabama coach Nick Saban, according to ESPN. In other Alabama news, senior guard Anthony Steen is expected to miss the Sugar Bowl after having surgery to repair a torn labrum, reported.

OHIO ST.: Hinesville, Ga., linebacker Raekwon McMillan, rated No. 1 at his position and No. 12 overall recruit in the ESPN 300 rankings, committed to the Buckeyes, choosing them over Alabama, Clemson and Auburn.

OKLAHOMA: Coach Bob Stoops said his starting quarterback will again likely be a "game-time decision" when the 11th-ranked Sooners face No. 3 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.

OREGON: Cornerback Troy Hill was suspended indefinitely after his arrest on Friday on misdemeanor charges of menacing and criminal mischief.

VANDERBILT: Quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels will not play in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 4 after having surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.

WAKE FOREST: Citadel's Kevin Higgins was named assistant head coach under new Demon Deacons coach Dave Clawson. Higgins will also coach a position on offense.

'Backs assistant to FAU 12/16/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 16, 2013 11:03pm]
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