Leave it to Lane Kiffin to make a coaching hire that’s totally out of the box – and it involves another coach with ties to the SEC.
Kiffin is hiring Charlie Weis Jr., 24, as the offensive coordinator for the Conference USA program, as reported by FAUOwlAccess.
That would make Weis Jr., the son of former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis, the youngest offensive coordinator in the FBS ranks. Weis replaces Kendal Briles, who left to become OC at Houston for coach Major Applewhite.
Weis served on Alabama’s staff as an offensive analyst starting in 2015, and spent this season as an offensive assistant with the Atlanta Falcons. He also briefly served as a Florida offensive quality control assistant in 2011, during his father’s short stint as the Gators’ offensive coordinator. During that stint, he was younger than almost all of the players he was working with.
And while he’s considered a fast-rising coaching talent, Weis Jr. has zero experience as a standard on-field position coach – meaning this will be a big, big jump.
So, to rewind: A former Tennessee coach and Alabama offensive coordinator has hired a former Florida and Alabama analyst (but without position coaching experience) who is barely older than his players as the offensive coordinator of a program that’s rapidly becoming one of the most unpredictable teams in the FBS.
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