Sources tell OwlAccess.com that Weis is close to becoming the offensive coordinator at South Florida, but the deal isn’t finalized yet.
Weis will join newly hired coach Jeff Scott’s staff, and he may not be the only FAU coach to do so.
Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, who will serve as the Owls’ interim head coach for today’s Boca Bowl, is a leading candidate to become the Bulls’ defensive coordinator, OwlAccess.com has learned. Spencer also has other potential options, including one SEC school.
The defensive coordinator position may not be vacant for long.
Fox Sports is reporting that former USF coach Jim Leavitt will join Willie Taggart’s staff as FAU’s next defensive coordinator. Leavitt served as Taggart’s defensive coordinator at Oregon and as an analyst this past season at Florida St.
FAU and USF meet in Boca Raton next season.
Spencer interviewed for the FAU head job when Lane Kiffin left for Mississippi. FAU hired Willie Taggart instead. Taggart did talk with Spencer about the possibility of remaining the Owls’ defensive coordinator, but no announcement from FAU has been forthcoming.
In his second year as the Owls’ offensive coordinator, Weis guided FAU to the nation’s No. 16 scoring offense, averaging 35.2 points per game.
Also the Owls’ quarterbacks coach, Weis developed redshirt sophomore Chris Robison into an All-Conference USA performer.
“He’s definitely helped me mature as a person and a player over the last two years,” Robison said. “Whatever’s the best thing for him and his family, I support him,. If he’s to leave, I still like my place. I still have guys around me that I trust and want to be around.”
Weis actually served two stints at FAU. Weeks after his own hiring, Lane Kiffin originally tapped Weis to be the Owls tight ends coach. Weis accepted the job, but left before ever coaching a game for a position with the Atlanta Falcons.
One year later Weis was back in Boca Raton as the Owls coordinator, replacing Kendal Briles. Only 25 years old at the time, Weis became the youngest offensive coordinator in the NCAA’s modern history.
Spencer couldn’t have stated his case for the FAU head coaching job, or a position at a Power Five school, more clearly, letting statistics do the talking.
He turned one of the worst rated defenses in football last season into one that allowed only 22.3 points per game, No. 33 nationally, in 2019. The Owls enter bowl season ranked No. 1 in turnover margin at plus 20.
Kiffin left FAU for Mississippi following the Owls’ victory over UAB in the C-USA title game.
Taggart hasn’t commented about specific coaches he intends to retain.