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Report says FAU entitled to collect $500,000 from Carl Pelini

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The dust is just now settling on the events of Wednesday within the Florida Atlantic football program. After asking for the resignation of head coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis, details regarding Pelini’s contract with the program are beginning to spread and it appears the school could be in a position to seek money from the now former coach.

According to a report by USA Today, Florida Atlantic is entitled to seek $500,000 in damages from Pelini, who was removed after admitting to illegal drug use. The Sun Sentinel also cites a portion of Pelini’s contract that states clearly Pelini was strictly prohibited from the use of narcotics. A direct violation of the terms of a contract can be considered a cause for dismissal by the university at just about any school you check.

“The university does have that option,” McCormack to USA Today. “It has been put in the hands of the university’s legal department. … This has been such a whirlwind and our first priority is to take care of the kids (on the team). But as this starts to fall into place, that is an option.”

Technically speaking, Pelini resigned on his own. because of the technicality in play with a resignation, it could be argued Pelini broke the terms of his contract. That said, the odds the school pursues that money are probably slim.

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7 Responses to “Report says FAU entitled to collect $500,000 from Carl Pelini”
  1. bender4700 says: Oct 31, 2013 12:55 AM

    Because that will make them a hot target for a good coach.

    “Hey, come to us! We’ll sue your ass if you dare do what we can do to you at any moment!”

  2. allan357 says: Oct 31, 2013 3:23 AM

    I believe he had a 4-15 record there in two years.

    I don’t know what the exact offense was, but it’s hard not to wonder if the school (or for that matter, most other schools) would have reacted differently if his record had been 15-4 instead.

  3. drpompanoduke says: Oct 31, 2013 7:37 AM

    Well rumor is he smoked dope or was at a party where dope was smoked. Just crazy either way.

  4. v2the4 says: Oct 31, 2013 11:47 AM

    thats crazy for Carl Pelini and his DC to all of a sudden decide they wanted to “smoke trees” out of the blue…you have to wonder if he was already doing it, or was this just some rash indecision on wither of their parts?

    I wonder how often they were subject to random drug test from their employer, FAU, just like the players are from the NCAA? But then again, this is Florida, where the governor, Rick Scott, who stole $10B from medicare, will not drug test state employees but will drug test those on unemployment or state support.

    nontheless, this bodes bad for Pelini. he was only 4-15 as a head coach. He probably cant return to his brothers staff at Nebraska because he is damaged goods right now, and Bo Pelini is in trouble himself with the children of the corn.

  5. cometkazie says: Oct 31, 2013 12:20 PM

    When I think of “smoking dope”, I think of marijuana and marijuana is not a narcotic. However, tests for it are sensitive enough to detect it even if the subject inhaled second-hand smoke.

    I feel sure this story will develop.

  6. floriorules says: Oct 31, 2013 9:28 PM

    Smoking dope is that big a deal at FAU? There has got to be more to the story. Where’s Paul Harvey when you need him?

  7. tuckfexas says: Nov 1, 2013 7:57 AM

    Rumor has it that was nose candy and/or X.

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