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Lane Kiffin Hires Charlie Weis Jr. As Youngest Offensive Coordinator In History

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Lane Kiffin made an interesting hire to his coaching staff (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Everyone remembers Charlie Weis, the zany version of Andy Reid on the sideline. Whether it be for Notre Dame or the New England Patriots, Weis was a charismatic personality who now does TV work for NBC Sports Boston. His son, Charlie Jr. has a prominent career in coaching who wants to follow his father’s footsteps. Florida Atlantic head coach, Lane Kiffin, is going out on a limb and giving the young Weis a shot in a prominent coaching role. Weis Jr. has been hired as the program’s offensive coordinator becoming the youngest ever in college football history.

Lane Kiffin gave a statement to ESPN regarding Weis’ hire:

“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 spent time with Kiffin at the University of Alabama when Lane was the offensive coordinator for Nick Saban. Weis Jr. was recently hired from the Falcons where he was a lower level assistant. Now Weis will be given a huge responsibility; calling plays for an up and coming college football program. Weis followed his father around while he was in college attending Florida before ultimately graduating from Kansas.

The Florida Atlantic offensive coordinator job opened up when Kendal Briles left the University for Houston. Briles, who was the son of another former coach Art Briles, had a big impact bringing that Baylor Air Raid system to Florida Atlantic. Kiffin now targeted another coaches son to fill out his coaching staff. Kiffin knows the feeling himself being the son of defensive mastermind Monte Kiffin who won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers under Jon Gruden.

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