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Lane Kiffin adds another member to his FAU staff

Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin looks over his team before the start of December's Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl. FAU stomped Akron 50-3 in FAU Stadium.
Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin looks over his team before the start of December's Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl. FAU stomped Akron 50-3 in FAU Stadium. AP

There’s a new member aboard the Lane Train.

Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin told ESPN on Wednesday that he has hired Charlie Weis Jr. as his offensive coordinator. Weis, 24, will be the youngest offensive coordinator in college football and replaces Kendal Briles, who accepted the offensive coordinator job at Houston this offsesaon.

“He’s way ahead of his time in how he sees the game, his football IQ and just his overall intelligence,” Kiffin told ESPN. “He’s been around the game with his dad being a coach, a lot like I was when I was growing up, and has a bright future.”

Weis, the son of former head coach at Notre Dame and longtime NFL and college football assistant Charlie Weis, was hired on Monday, according to the ESPN report.

Weis was an offensive analyst at Alabama from 2015-16, which were the final two years Kiffin served as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator. Kiffin initially hired Weis ahead of the 2017 season to be FAU’s tight ends coach, but Weis opted to take a position as an offensive assistant for the Atlanta Falcons instead.

FAU is coming off an 11-3 season in Kiffin’s first year running the program. The Owls’ offense led the Conference-USA with an average of 40.6 points and 498.4 yards per game, marks that respectively ranked eighth and ninth nationally.

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