Earlier this week, we caught wind of speculation that Carl Pelini had been in the running to take over the Akron football program but was no longer a consideration for unknown reasons. As it turns out, a job much further south may very well have been the reason.
Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports.com is reporting Thursday night that the Nebraska defensive coordinator and brother of head coach Bo Pelini has been offered the head-coaching position at FAU. McMurphy writes that Pelini is expected to take the job.
The school is expected to “announce a development regarding the football program” tomorrow, an unnamed FAU official told CFT a short time ago.
Pelini would replace Howard Schnellenberger, who announced prior to the start of what turned out to be a 1-10 season thus far that he would be retiring at the end of the year.
As noted by McMurphy, Pelini’s only head-coaching experience came at the high school level in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. Pelini is in his fourth season as his younger brother’s coordinator on the defensive side of the ball, and has prior collegiate coaching stops at places such as Kansas State and Ohio University.