Alumnus wants head football coach fired, creates GoFundMe page

The team is guaranteed to have its third straight losing season under Charlie Partridge.


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Brendan Feeney and Ben Paley

A Florida Atlantic alumnus has created a GoFundMe page in the hopes of getting head football coach Charlie Partridge fired.

Tony Arserio, a political science graduate from the class of 2010, is trying to raise $400 to fly a banner over FAU Stadium during the Owls last home game of the season on Nov. 19.

The banner will read, “Change is needed… Fire Charlie Partridge.” Arserio plans on having it be flown for 30 minutes over the stadium.

Arserio, a former member of Student Government, has been an FAU football fan since 2003 when he first attended the university. He says he has had season tickets and has only missed two home games in the last three years — when he had to travel away from Boca Raton for work.

FAU invited him to the grand opening of the stadium as well as National Signing Day in 2015.

Over the past few games, Arserio could be seen in the crowd holding a sign that read “Fire Charlie Partridge.”

“Since Charlie took over we have gone backwards. No signs of forward progress,” Arserio said. “There is no doubt Charlie is a good guy and role model for these kids, but he is not producing wins.”

He believes Partridge’s record — which was 3-9 in each of his first two seasons and currently sits at 1-7 in 2016 — will make it difficult for him to obtain good recruiting classes.

“Previously he was able to make the pitch that we are young and rebuilding, but with no forward progress to show for I can’t see any recruit saying, ‘I want to play for FAU,’” Arserio said.

He also points to the lack of revenue stemming from poor attendance of home games and how that would cancel out the hit of Partridge’s buyout which would cost more than $1 million.

“It’s sad that in the last three years I have not been able to give out extra tickets — for free — because no one wants go,” said Arserio, who often uses the hashtag #FirePartridge on social media.

Junior electrical engineering major Joshua Merker said he chooses to study instead of going to the games on Saturdays.

“I don’t know too much about the coach … [all I know about him is] from a video I saw at orientation,” he said.

Ryan Stewart, a junior criminal justice major who has attended half of the home games this season, believes the idea to fly a banner over the stadium during a game is “ridiculous.”

Last season, University of Miami fans flew banners over the stadium to fire former head football coach Al Golden on five occasions, the latest being the team’s Oct. 24 matchup against Clemson. He was let go one day later.

If Arserio fails to raise $400, he said he may just pay out of pocket. If he raises more, all extra revenue will be donated to FAU Athletics.

Read the case to fire Partridge or the argument to keep him.

Brendan Feeney is the sports editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @feeney42.

Benjamin Paley is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @benpaley92.