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OWLS: Florida Atlantic Fires Partridge After Third 3-9 season

Florida Atlantic fired Charlie Partridge on Sunday after the Owls completed a third straight 3-9 season.

The Owls lost 77-56 on Saturday night giving Partridge a 9-27 overall record — 7-17 in Conference USA — in his three years.

“I want to thank Charlie Partridge for putting his heart and soul into Florida Atlantic University for the past three years,” athletic director Pat Chun said in a statement. “He led our program with integrity and character. Most importantly, he impacted the lives of our student-athletes and that will have a lasting effect.”

Known for being an excellent recruiter, Partridge a native of South Florida, appeared to have the Owls moving in the right direction when he first took over.

But losing streaks of seven games — twice — and five games took its toll and doomed the longtime assistant of Bret Bielema at Wisconsin and Arkansas.

FAU is the second South Florida school to fire a coach this month. Florida International, a rival of the Owls, hired former Miami head coach Butch Davis to take over for Ron Turner

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