Carl Pelini: Florida Atlantic head coach resigns amid drug allegations

October 30, 2013 – 3:06 pm by Ryan Phillips

Carl Pelini

At Florida Atlantic, they take law enforcement very seriously.

This spring, the school nearly named its football stadium after a company that runs private prisons in Florida until a huge mountain of backlash — including from here — caused them to nix the donation.

Now, the Owls are saying no to drugs.

Florida Atlantic head football coach Carl Pelini resigned on Wednesday in a move that came completely out of nowhere. Defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis has also stepped down.

At a Wednesday afternoon press conference, athletic director Pat Chun said both admitted to “illegal drug use.” According to ESPN, both were at a “social event” where marijuana was used.


Dieter Kurtenbach, who covers FAU for the Sun Sentinel, is reporting that Pelini and Rekstis were escorted away from the FAU football offices by police, but no arrests were made. FAU says it has already begun a search for its next head coach.

The 48-year-old Pelini took over as the head coach of the Owls in 2012 and has a 5-15 record in his time at the school. FAU is 2-6 so far this season, with a 1-4 record in Conference USA. He is the older brother of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. Needless to say, Carl was a darkhorse in the “first Pelini brother to be fired this season” pool.

Pelini issued a statement that apologized for exercising poor judgement. We’re not sure if it pertains to the drug use or the time he signaled for his team to spike the ball on fourth down.


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