Pelini Resigns At Florida Atlantic Over Drug Use Allegations
By Christopher Wuensch
Carl Pelini is out at Florida Atlantic University — and it’s not because of the coach’s under-achieving record with the Owls.
FAU athletic director Pat Chun announced Pelini’s resignation on Wednesday along with that of defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis.
Pelini, 48, and Rekstis, 45, tendered their resignation when confronted about reports of their illegal drug use, said Chun at Wednesday’s press conference. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports the coaches were recently linked to a social event where marijuana allegedly was used.
“I apologize for exercising poor judgment,” read a statement by Pelini released by the school. “My greatest concerns at this time are for my family, the dedicated FAU players and my staff. I am confident that Pat Chun and the University administration will continue to move the program forward.”
Pelini was 5-15 with FAU after leaving his younger brother Bo Pelini’s staff at Nebraska to take the Owls’ job in 2012. Florida Atlantic is 2-6 this season and brings a two-game losing slide into Saturday’s home game against Tulane.
Rekstis joined the Owls’ staff in March of 2012 after stints as defensive coordinator at Miami (Ohio) and Kent State. He played free safety at Youngstown State under Jim Tressel.
The Owls rank 62nd in total defense, yielding 392.6 ypg.
No other coaches or students have been linked to the investigation into Pelini and Rekstis.
“I can assure you that we found no information that suggests anyone other than these two individuals engaged in these activities,” Chun said.
Offensive coordinator Brian Wright takes over the helm for the Owls in the interim.