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Carl Pelini denies drug use, seeks reinstatement at FAU

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Former Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini issued a statement to ESPN on Thursday that denied his alleged drug use and said that, since he was wrongfully forced to resign, he was seeking reinstatement as the school’s head coach.

In the statement, Pelini said he denied using illegal drugs to FAU athletic director Patrick Chun on Oct. 30, but was told by Chun that it was “irrelevant” because he was “being relieved” of his duties “for failure to supervise my staff.”

Pelini indicated Chun told him at least one staff member admitted using drugs in the coach’s presence, but Pelini denied knowledge that “any staff member was using illegal drugs.”

Pelini replaced Howard Schnellenberger as FAU’s coach following the 2011 season after serving as the defensive coordinator at Nebraska under his brother, Bo Pelini.

Pelini has a 5-15 with the Owls and he is just 3-10 in conference play. FAU named Brian Wright as interim coach in his stead and the Owls upset Tulane last Saturday to improve to 3-6 overall, 2-4 in conference.

It seems highly unlikely that Pelini is going to get his job back, especially with FAU seemingly moving in the right direction. And, besides, the Owls may already have their sights set on a permanent replacement for Pelini.

This whole mess may eventually get settled in a court room.

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8 Responses to “Carl Pelini denies drug use, seeks reinstatement at FAU”
  1. huskersrock1 says: Nov 7, 2013 6:20 PM

    Just come back to Nebraska and get your brother hooked so we can get rid of him.

  2. youcantmakemepickausername says: Nov 7, 2013 6:32 PM

    “I don’t do cocaine, I just like the way it smells”.

  3. overratedgators says: Nov 7, 2013 6:52 PM

    “OH COME ON! NO TAKEBACKS!” – Luke Fickell

  4. mdac1012 says: Nov 7, 2013 6:56 PM

    Just prepping for the lawsuit, that’s all.

  5. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 7, 2013 8:17 PM

    Pathetic. Four words: hair follicle drug test. They should all see if there are drugs in their system during the past month or so that way. Carl should be first in line. You immediately resigned, so deal with it.

  6. mogogo1 says: Nov 7, 2013 10:58 PM

    If I was FAU I’d reinstate him just so I could fire him 5 minutes later for his lousy record. Would that make Pelini happy?

  7. noaxetogrind says: Nov 8, 2013 10:40 AM

    @ sportsguy, you are right on. Now we are coming to find out that the AD asked Pelini to take a drug test and he declined. Sorry, you lose your credibility when you had a chance to come clean.

  8. peddealer says: Nov 8, 2013 5:41 PM

    He doesn’t do dope! Lmao

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