Florida Atlantic dismisses Charlie Partridge

Coach Charlie Partridge is out after three seasons at Florida Atlantic, the school announced Sunday.

"I want to thank Charlie Partridge for putting his heart and soul into Florida Atlantic University for the past three years," athletic director Pat Chun said in a statement. "He led our program with integrity and character. Most importantly, he impacted the lives of our student-athletes and that will have a lasting effect."

Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell is likely to be the leading candidate to replace Partridge, according to ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. Fickell worked with Chun at Ohio State during the AD's 15-year tenure in the Buckeyes athletic department.

Partridge went 3-9 in each of his seasons with the Owls. He had two years left on his five-year, $2.7 million contract.

The Owls lost seven consecutive games at one point this season, including a four-game stretch in which FAU lost each time by six points or fewer.

Partridge's tenure ended with Saturday's 77-56 loss to Middle Tennessee. The Owls ranked 124th out of 128 teams at the FBS level in total defense this season, giving up more than 500 yards per game.

FAU has not been to a bowl game since making back-to-back appearances under Howard Schnellenberger in 2007 and 2008. Since those bowl years, FAU is 28-67.

This was the first head-coaching stint for Partridge, a South Florida native who came to the Owls after assistant coaching stints at Drake, Iowa State, Eastern Illinois, Pitt, Wisconsin and Arkansas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.