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Florida Atlantic passed over interim coach Brian Wright in favor of Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge. The school announced the latter as its new football coach Monday. Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images.
Florida Atlantic passed over interim coach Brian Wright in favor of Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge. The school announced the latter as its new football coach Monday. Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images.

So much for performing well as an interim coach.

Less than a month after USC decided not to hire successful interim Ed Orgeron, Florida Atlantic University made the same decision, passing over Brian Wright in favor of Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge.

Carl Pelini, brother of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, resigned — or was fired, depending on whom you believe — after a 2-6 start in 2013 amid reports of illegal drug use by the coach. 

The Owls (6-6) won four consecutive games under Wright to close the season, but did not get invited to a bowl, one of 10 bowl-eligible teams watching from home. 

“Our staff deserved to stay together and finish what we started,” Wright told The Palm Beach Post Thursday. “I thought what we did collectively as a staff, what the players did underneath our teaching and our coaching was some of the best football played at Florida Atlantic in quite some time.”

Instead the school turns to Partridge, who coached defensive line (including J.J. Watt) at Wisconsin for five seasons before following Brett Bielema to Arkansas. He'll get a five-year deal worth $2.76 million, according to the Fox affiliate in Boca Raton, Fla.

Partridge becomes the fifth Arkansas assistant to leave for a head coaching job since 2011, according to College Football Talk, joining Garrick McGee (UAB), John L. Smith (Weber State), Paul Haynes (Kent State) and Paul Petrino (Idaho).