TAMPA, FL. – USF Football hopes to revive its attack this season. The man in charge of that task is Charlie Weis Jr.
- Weis Jr. was hired as OC at FAU at the age of 24.
- He has taught under coaches such as Nick Saban, Dan Quinn and Lane Kiffin.
- USF’s coaching staff average 36 years – the youngest in OC.
“We still have a lot of work to do, of course we haven’t come out with our boys yet, but I definitely believe in the system we are going to use,” said Weis, who generally enters this third season as an offensive coordinator.
The 27-year-old coach since he was 18. He is considered a rising start in coaching and has a resume with time in both Florida and Alabama and the Atlanta Falcons.
“I can learn a lot growing up in high school and even college by doing the same thing as a student assistant,” said Weis.
Weis’ football training started under his father, Charlie Weis, who is best known as Tom Brady’s first offensive coordinator with the Patriots, who won three Super Bowls in four seasons. He has also received custody from Lane Kiffin, himself a former young hotshot coach. Kiffin hired Weis in 2018 as his offensive coordinator at FAU at just 24 years old.
“When everyone in college was playing, Charlie was already coaching, so age doesn’t really matter in this situation,” Kiffin said at C-USA Media Day 2018.
“Whenever there was anything I needed advice about or wanted to hear from him, I always asked him and he gave me a lot of advice or pointed me in the right direction for what to do,” said Weis, who says he owes a lot for the bad boy of college football coaching.
With Kiffin behind him, Weis orchestrated one of the most explosive crimes in college football.
“We played an average of 78 games at FAU last, which was in the top 15 in the country and scored something like 36 points per game,” said Weis.
After the Lane Train left for Ole Miss, Weis interviewed for the USF coordinator job with new head coach Jeff Scott and vice president of athletics, Michael Kelly.
“Michael looked at me and said,” I think we would regret it for the rest of our lives if we hadn’t hired him, “said Scott, himself the son of a former coach.” Man, how sharp he is and his knowledge of the game – he’s very similar to me, he grew up around it. “
Weis and Scott will work together to fix an equally powerful and dreaded violation. One thing both are committed to is a fresh start for the players.
“I really want them all to have that first look and have a fair chance not to come in and label players” he can do this, he can’t do that “, I want to go in with open eyes and see what they can do” said Weis.
All good things take time. But Charlie Weis Jr. expect to light a fire under this Bulls’ offense. After all, success is all that is known to this coaching wonder.