Air Force will match wits with the youngest offensive coordinator in college football next season.
Florida Atlantic, which hosts the Falcons on Sept 8 in Boca Raton, hired Charlie Weis Jr. on Wednesday, as coach Lane Kiffin rolled the dice on a 24-year-old whose path reflected his own.
“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’ brief coaching career has included time as an offensive analyst at Alabama, where he worked with Kiffin, and as an offensive assistant with the Atlanta Falcons.
Weis’ father has coordinated offenses for the New York Jets and New England Patriots and later coached Notre Dame and Kansas.
Kiffin, the son of longtime NFL defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, was hired to coach the Oakland Raiders at 31. He went 11-3 last year in his first season at Florida Atlantic.
Former Air Force assistant Singleton hired by Raiders
Jemal Singleton has been announced as the running backs coach for the Oakland Raiders as newly hired coach Jon Gruden fills out his staff.
Singleton was a 1999 Air Force graduate and earned honorable mention All-Western Athletic Conference selection as a running back as a senior. He later served as an assistant for 11 years for the Falcons under Fisher DeBerry and Troy Calhoun. He also worked with running backs at Oklahoma State, Arkansas and spent two season with the Indianapolis Colts.
Deceased Washington State QB once replaced Nate Romine
Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, who was found dead earlier this week from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was once the successor to Nate Romine as a high school quarterback.
Romine, who went on to start games in five straight seasons at Air Force, graduated after leading Upland (Calif.) as quarterback for two seasons. Hilinski transferred in the following season as a junior and started for the next two years.