Turns out FSU is not the only program making a “splash” hire this week on its coaching staff. FAU coach Lane Kiffin has apparently settled on a replacement for Kendell Briles at offensive coordinator and it’s a familiar name. Ok, it’s the son with the same familiar name.
Charlie Weis, Jr. will take over for Briles who left for the same role with the University of Houston. Weis Jr., is 24 and is the son of the former Notre Dame and Kansas head coach, who was also briefly at Florida for one season (2011), as offensive coordinator under Will Muschamp.
SI’s Bruce Feldman had the story first on Wednesday morning:
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 17, 2018
As Feldman points out Weis Jr. was with Kiffin for two years at Alabama, while Lane was the offensive coordinator for Nick Saban. He spent this past season helping as an offensive staff assistant with the Atlanta Falcons.
Also, at 24 years old Weis Jr. becomes the youngest coordinator in FBS football.
Weis Jr. was apparently hired at least a week or so ago and as Feldman reported, started Monday. He also changed his Twitter handle and profile to reflect that he’s now at FAU.
Weis Sr., had previously talked about Weis Jr.’s desire as a youngster to follow in his footsteps and be a football coach, which he was trying to jokingly warn him away from, especially after Weis was fired twice.
While Kiffin will obviously continue as the play caller, Weis Jr. comes into a tremendous situation where FAU won their final 10 games last season finishing unbeaten in Conference USA, winning the championship game and blowing out Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl.
The Owls return the C-USA Offensive Player of the Year in Devin Singletary who ran for over 1,900 yards this past season.
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