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Update: ‘Illegal drug use’ prompted Carl Pelini’s resignation

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UPDATED 4:24 p.m. ET: At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, athletic director Pat Chun confirmed that head coach Carl Pelini, along with defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis, has resigned.  Chun also confirmed that the resignations occurred after the two coaches were confronted about reports of illegal drug use, which the AD said both admitted to.

It was previously reported that Pelini and Rekstis were in attendance at some type of gathering in which marijuana was being used.

Pelini apologized “for exercising poor judgement.”

While police escorted the two coaches from the football facility this morning, Chun stated that this situation was simply “an HR matter.”  No police, other than the escort, were involved.

Offensive coordinator Brian Wright will serve as the interim head coach.    Linebackers coach Jevan Dewitt will replace Rekstis as defensive coordinator.

Chun said that a national search is already underway for a permanent replacement.

Here’s the complete statement, attributed to Chun, released by the university:

“On Monday, I was made aware of these concerns and I immediately reported the allegations to our General Counsel. The University acted quickly and decisively to follow up and take action that is in the best interests of our student-athletes and the University overall. I can assure you that we have no information that suggests anyone other than these two individuals engaged in these activities.

“I am personally very saddened for our student-athletes, coaches and staff. I just met with the players a few moments ago and notified them of the news. As you could imagine, the reaction was shock, dismay and disbelief. What I do know is that the FAU football team is a resilient group of young men and they will work through this, and learn and grow from this experience. It is a heartbreaking day for us all.

“I’d like to emphasize that nothing takes a higher priority than the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes. We will work to ensure that any student-athletes’ questions and concerns are addressed. And let me reiterate, we have no information indicating any student-athletes were involved in any illegal activities.

“Offensive Coordinator Brian Wright will serve as interim head coach, effective immediately. I have great confidence in his abilities to lead this football program. When I asked Brian to take this role he accepted it without hesitation. He is surrounded by eight assistant coaches that are 100 percent committed to our program and student-athletes.”


Based on one report, we’re back to one Pelini brother as a head coach at the FBS level.‘s Brett McMurphy is reporting that Carl Pelini has stepped down as the head coach at FAU.  A press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET today to announce the move.

It’s unclear if the decision to resign was voluntary on Pelini’s part or involuntary.  What is clear is that the resignation is effective immediately.

Pelini, the brother of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, was in his second season with the Owls.  He went 3-9 his first season, with FAU tripping and stumbling its way to a 2-6 mark his second year and the football program’s first in Conference USA.

UPDATED 3:49 p.m. ET: Ahead of the press conference, there were a couple of interesting developments regarding Pelini’s resignation.

First, reported that “cops were at the FAU facility this morning;” for what reason is unclear.

Secondly, it was reported by Brett McMurphy of that Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis were in attendance at a “recent social event where pot was used & agreed to resign.”

It’s highly unlikely school officials will confirm publicly the reported developments, but stay tuned.

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27 Responses to “Update: ‘Illegal drug use’ prompted Carl Pelini’s resignation”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Oct 30, 2013 2:20 PM

    Dear FAU,

    Sorry about the Randy Shannon scenario you’re probably going to put your program through.


    Every Miami fan who had to watch the Canes from 2007-2010.

  2. tuckfexas says: Oct 30, 2013 2:23 PM

    Dicking more booster daughters?

  3. lowtalker says: Oct 30, 2013 2:38 PM

    hey tuckfexas . . . . “dicking boosters daughter” . . is that why he left Nebraska (by that I mean was told to leave/find new job) and went to FAU

  4. tuckfexas says: Oct 30, 2013 2:50 PM

    Low-oh F yeah…..she was married too. He was basically run out of town. Might not be the last Pelini to go out that way(just for an entirely different reason). Bo still hasn’t put together a solid team-and the clock is ticking……quickly.

  5. auburntigers34 says: Oct 30, 2013 3:56 PM

    There’s rumors going around that the police were on FAU’s campus. It sounds like this story has the potential to get pretty weird.

  6. Jew Bledsoe says: Oct 30, 2013 4:57 PM

    Marijuana would be legal and he’d still have a job if Willie Nelson was president!

  7. mogogo1 says: Oct 30, 2013 5:28 PM

    Wow, two major goofs in a very short span of time, this and the hush-hush affair that got him moved on from Nebraska.

    But I’m lost as to why the cops were on campus. Surely, they weren’t partying with the students on campus, were they? Where I live, he’d have to of confessed to being a major dealer to get the cops to spend 5 minutes on anything related to weed.

  8. dhardy8207 says: Oct 30, 2013 5:30 PM

    Jew Bledsoe says:

    That post gets my vote for funny of the day!…

  9. dhardy8207 says: Oct 30, 2013 5:32 PM

    Jew Bledsoe says;

    “Marijuana would be legal and he’d still have a job if Willie Nelson was president!”


    That post gets my vote for funny of the day!…

  10. inconsonance says: Oct 30, 2013 5:58 PM

    FAU’s AD is totally overreacting. Did someone honestly believe that the football coaching staff there wasn’t getting stoned and/or blind drunk on the regular to lessen the pain that comes with their job? Seriously. Considering how bad the team is, the athletic department should provide the staff with a generous weed budget and a refrigerator stocked with Everclear, just as a “thank you” for working there, sacrificing their sanity and careers in the process.

  11. mman4242 says: Oct 30, 2013 6:11 PM

    It wasn’t pot. It was cocaine and ecstasy. Both coaches were not just at a party. They were caught doing blow. I’d say grounds for firing. The AD knows what he is doing

  12. birdcen says: Oct 30, 2013 6:26 PM

    Looks like another Terry Bowden at Auburn incident….oh sister!!

    Let’s get weird!

  13. msaphir says: Oct 30, 2013 7:13 PM

    Hey…whoever wrote this story. There are a lot of folks who don’t know what team you are talking about! Me included..FAU…who??????? I guess you gotta be an insider to understand this story. Is everyone supposed to know who Pellini is? I don’t think FAU was even mentioned in the initial story. Shoddy.

  14. polegojim says: Oct 30, 2013 7:16 PM

    I wonder if they’ve tested Bo???

    Smoking husks or whatever… somethings going on in Corn Country!!!

    It’s like Callahan is coaching there again!

    ; )

  15. auburntigers34 says: Oct 30, 2013 7:43 PM


    Do you have a link to*any* articles about Terry Bowden getting caught doing drugs at Auburn? He may be a scumbag, but he didn’t lose his job over drugs.

    If you want to get weird….mission accomplished.

  16. normtide says: Oct 30, 2013 7:55 PM

    If this is over weed, then it’s over blown. Alcohol is a far worse drug, nicotine as well. If it’s coke, then he has to go on espnu and do his rock James.

  17. jaydm84 says: Oct 30, 2013 7:58 PM

    This is not over weed. No one cares about that in south Florida. This is cocaine.

  18. bender4700 says: Oct 30, 2013 8:25 PM

    It is pot Jay. You can’t make something up based on stereotypes. Until otherwised reported.

    I guess had Carl drove drunk he’d still be employed. Ridiculous.

  19. bender4700 says: Oct 30, 2013 8:50 PM

    Can the people make ridiculous claims offer some sort of proof? Instead of baseless claims of assumption.

  20. jaydm84 says: Oct 30, 2013 8:52 PM

    Bender. I live in the city just south of Boca Raton. They locked down the football offices and had officers search the premises. A campus rumor from a few players is Pelini was caught by a booster and it wasn’t a joint. He was not allowed to address the team and was escorted off campus.

  21. bender4700 says: Oct 30, 2013 8:56 PM

    polegojim says: Oct 30, 2013 7:16 PM


    Something’s wrong with your logic.

    FAU is not Nebraska. When a Stoops brother is fired, does that look bad on Bob? NO! Two grown men with two different lives. Just because they are brothers doesn’t mean they do the same things in life. Plus, test Bo for weed? Really? Is WEED so bad? What do you think does more damage, drinking or pot? Cops have to proactively fight against people getting too drunk and driving their cars endangering lives. Yes, your perspective on problems in America is astounding. As astounding as your ability to make really stupid assumptions about an institution that has nothing to do with the one the story is about.

    Bo used to coach at Oklahoma. TEST BOB STOOPS! Man OU is in terrible shape! Is John Blake back!!

    Glad you can make real big assumptions and draw ridiculous connections with NOTHING to base it on, and then make a really stupid claim.

  22. bender4700 says: Oct 30, 2013 8:57 PM

    jaydm84 says: Oct 30, 2013 8:52 PM

    Ok, thank you very much. Now, it makes me believe there is credibility to your claim. That’s all I am asking, have something outside of just a claim, ya know? I appreciate that, most people just talk out their ass.

  23. bender4700 says: Oct 30, 2013 8:58 PM

    And of course, if Carl wasn’t just smoking a jay, and it was harder drugs, he should be out of a job. But right now, the only public info is it was pot, which is just not bad enough. BUT if that info is true Jay, shame on Carl.

  24. doggeatdogg says: Oct 30, 2013 10:32 PM

    Can a coach in Washington and Colorado get away with this, or even students? Does the NCAA prevent pot use even though it’s legal in those states? Just curious.

    In any event, this thing at FAU sounds a lot more serious than pot.

  25. inconsonance says: Oct 31, 2013 12:34 AM

    @mman4242 – Carl Pelini could have been doing lines off of a shemale prostitute’s ass or smoking butt hair for all I care. The point is that FAU isn’t even good enough to be called a sinking ship, yet the staff did what they could despite the abysmal circumstances. As long as they weren’t drinking and driving or raping anyone, let it go.

  26. draconian1111 says: Oct 31, 2013 5:10 AM

    Bet ya didn’t see this coming – BO is the “adult” brother…..

  27. rsoandb says: Oct 31, 2013 3:40 PM

    When I saw the headline, I immediately thought BO. I’m sure a lot of husker fans were disappointed.

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