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FAU officially introduces Carl Pelini as new head coach

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Following up on reports that surfaced late last week, Nebraska is officially in the market for a new defensive coordinator.

At a press conference Monday afternoon, FAU introduced Carl Pelini as its new head coach.  Pelini has spent the past four seasons as the Cornhuskers’ defensive coordinator.

The older brother of Bo Pelini will replace Howard Schnellenberger, who announced prior to the start of the 2011 season that he would be retiring at the end of what turned out to be a one-win season.

“With Howard Schnellenberger’s announcement of retirement in August, I had an extended period of time to identify a number of quality candidates,” said athletic director Craig Angelos.

“After a lengthy span of interviewing, evaluating and in-person meetings, I strongly believe that Carl brings the most to FAU. His experience, organization, discipline, passion, recruiting and accomplishments will lead the Owls to the next level. With the addition of our beautiful new stadium and the fertile recruiting area that exists in South Florida, I firmly believe that Carl will make FAU a national contender very soon

This will be Pelini’s first head-coaching job at the collegiate level, although he was a head coach in high school back in his native state of Ohio.

“I would like to thank the FAU administration and the University community for this opportunity,” said Pelini. “I see great potential here at FAU to build a program of which the entire community will be proud. My vision for this program is to continue the mission of the university to prepare our student-athletes for success well beyond football.”

Rutgers hires law firm specializing in NCAA violations; NCAA not digging around just yet

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The first month of the football season at Rutgers has had its share of off-field stories worth keeping an eye on, so the news on Tuesday that the university has hired Bond, Schoeneck & King, a law firm with a history of working on NCAA violation cases, is certainly a bit of an eye-opener. The NCAA is not, at this time, investigating Rutgers. Instead, this is a move to investigate a pair of concerns related to the football program so that they may be properly reported to the NCAA if and when needed.

“Rutgers has retained outside counsel with expertise in NCAA infractions to help identify any potential rules violations,” Rutgers senior vice president for external affairs Peter McDonough said in a report published by NJ.com. “This is an ongoing and rigorous process that helps us to identify any shortcomings, to self-report them as required by NCAA rules and to remedy them as best practices demand.”

According to the report from NJ.com, Rutgers is focusing on one allegation of an arrested player failing multiple drug tests while on the team and accusations related to the program’s ambassador program. The name of the former player was not identified in the report. The ambassador program has come into scrutiny following the evolving case related to wide receiver Leonte Carroo.

The hired firm tends to serve as a liaison with the NCAA, but Rutgers will be given a final copy of the firm’s investigation for review. If Rutgers determines any NCAA violations were commited as determined by the report, that information will be passed on to the NCAA. The information revealed or uncovered in the firm’s investigation will determine if the NCAA will have to do some of its own digging, or merely adopt the firm’s report at face value and decide on any appropriate punishment from there.

Rutgers WR Carroo expected to have assault charges dropped

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Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.

So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.

Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.