TAMPA ― FAU offensive coordinator Charlie Weis Jr., believed to be the youngest coordinator in modern Division I-A history upon his 2018 hiring, has accepted the same job at USF.
The hiring of the 26-year-old Weis, who also will coach quarterbacks, comes a day after new Bulls coach Jeff Scott formally named Owls defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer to the same position with the Bulls.
Scott now has formally hired five of his 10 on-field assistants, as well as his strength-and-conditioning coach (Trumain Carroll).
“Charlie is incredibly detailed, knowledgeable and creative in his offensive scheme and does a tremendous job of coaching student-athletes and preparing them to execute at a high level,” Scott said in a USF news release.
“Similar to myself, Charlie grew up in football and has had a front row seat to observe and learn from some incredibly successful organizations and people.”
The son of the former Notre Dame coach and longtime NFL assistant of the same name, Weis has been coaching since age 18, when he joined Florida’s staff as an offensive quality control coach. At the time, the elder Charlie Weis was Gators offensive coordinator.
He was hired by Lane Kiffin to oversee the Owls offense in 2018. Enamored with Weis’ photographic memory (check out this story), Kiffin initially hired him in 2015 to join Alabama’s staff as an offensive analyst when Kiffin was Crimson Tide offensive coordinator.
His 2019 Owls unit ended its 11-3 season ranked 27th nationally in total offense (448.6 ypg) and 14th in scoring (36.4 ypg). His quarterback, sophomore Chris Robison, threw for an FAU-record 3,701 yards (sixth-most in Division I-A) and 28 touchdowns (tied for 16th).
Robison, the ’18 Conference USA Freshman of the Year, threw for 305 yards and two TDs in Saturday’s 52-28 rout of SMU in the Boca Raton Bowl.
Weis inherits a Bulls offense that ranked 112th nationally (330.8 ypg) in ’19, failing to score a first-half TD in six contests.
USF coaching staff
Jeff Scott, head coach
Glenn Spencer, defensive coordinator/linebackers
Charlie Weis Jr., offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Joey King, tight ends
Daniel Da Prato, special teams
Xavier Dye, receivers
Trumain Carroll, strength and conditioning