Head football coach Partridge pranks students in April Fool’s Day video


Head football coach Charlie Partridge, pictured in 31-28 loss to UAB on Nov. 1. Photo by Max Jackson | Photo Editor

Ryan Lynch, Staff Writer

April Fools’ Day is a time for jokes and pranks for many people, from websites posting faux news to an abundance of Saran-wrapped doors and rooms filled with packing peanuts.

For head football coach Charlie Partridge, that meant descending upon students in the breezeway with microphone in hand to ask the tough questions about… himself?

In a video posted on the FAU Athletics facebook page titled “Owl Talk,” Partridge goes undercover as a reporter to joke with students and raise awareness for the first home football game of next season, on Sept. 11 against the University of Miami.

The video has almost 6,000 views as of April 1. Topics ranged from whether they had gone to an FAU football game to if they knew who the head football coach was, or had seen him around campus. He also asked if they had any advice for the coach.

“Keep wearing the red pants,” replied one male student, referring to a Tulsa game last season where Partridge donned bright red trousers as a reward to a student section that was filled to capacity. “Maybe a bow tie, suspenders. Go all out.”

After asking questions, Partridge slowly tried to reveal his identity using a media guide as a hint. Some students were quicker to catch on than others.

“Oh sugar, it’s you!” one female student exclaimed after she had realized who Partridge was.

Partridge, who is in his second season as head coach, didn’t seem to mind that students did not recognize him. Most coaches probably would not have taken time out of their busy schedules in the spring to do something like this.

Partridge will be back in his element — the football field — when his team plays their annual spring game on April 11 at 1 p.m.

Video by FAU Athletics Facebook page.