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Report: FAU to name Arkansas assistant Partridge as coach

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Florida Atlantic is set to hire Arkansas assistant Charlie Partridge as its next football coach, according to reports Saturday night.

Partridge, the Razorbacks' assistant head coach under Bret Bielema, will be officially named on Sunday after a contract is finalized, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Known as a strong recruiter in south Florida, Partridge interviewed with school officials on Friday, according to the report, and was selected over Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton.

The 40-year-old Partridge would replace interim coach Brian White, the offensive coordinator who stepped up to fill the head coaching duties after coach Carl Pelini resigned on Oct. 30 after allegations of drug use surfaced.

After White took over, the Owls finished the regular season with four straight wins and became bowl eligible for the first time since 2008. But they did not receive an postseason invitation.

White said he was told Wednesday that he would not be the next head coach.

Partridge played high school football in south Florida and college ball at Drake. He then coached at Drake before going to Iowa State, Eastern Illinois, Pitt, Wisconsin and Arkansas.
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