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Report: failure to report, not drug use led to Pelini’s FAU departure

FAU Pelini Resigns Football AP

The weird saga that is Carl Pelini‘s departure as FAU’s head coach has taken another unusual twist.

According to an email obtained by Brett McMurphy of, Pelini’s departure has technically been termed a dismissal by the university for failing to report the conduct of a staff member, replacing what had previously been labeled a resignation because he had acknowledged the use “of illegal drugs,” FAU president Dennis Crudele wrote.  At a press conference Oct. 30, FAU athletic director Patrick Chun stated that Pelini, along with defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis, had been confronted with reports of illegal drug use and admitted to doing so.

Crudele’s email, however, sheds the departure in a much different light.

“FAU did not terminate your employment because of a finding that you used illegal drugs.  Accordingly to clarify these significant points … your resignation is withdrawn and your separation is converted to a termination with cause based on our finding that you failed to timely report certain conduct of a member of your staff, as required by your contract.”

In the days after the “resignation,” reports surfaced that Pelini had not only used marijuana but cocaine as well.  A week later, Pelini vehemently denied drug use, saying that he was pressured into the resignation for failing to supervise his staff and was seeking to be reinstated as FAU’s head coach.

In his letter, Crudele indicated that Pelini had waived his right to appeal the decision and pursue reinstatement.

The Owls were 2-6 at the time of Pelini’s departure.  Since Brian Wright took over as interim head coach, FAU is 3-0 and on the verge of bowl eligibility for the first time since 2008.

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10 Responses to “Report: failure to report, not drug use led to Pelini’s FAU departure”
  1. mfinneran says: Nov 26, 2013 2:55 PM

    Good bye loser,move in with Arod.

  2. honkerdawg says: Nov 26, 2013 3:43 PM

    Why don’t we start an All Drug team and Oelini can be its coach with A Rod it’s star player. That’s their only destination.

  3. jdillydawg says: Nov 26, 2013 5:07 PM

    Maybe his drug use caused him to fail to report?

    Don’t feel bad, Mr. Pelini. The good news is that with your new termination, you can now collect unemployment!

  4. irishjackmp says: Nov 26, 2013 5:32 PM

    Let’s be honest about what is going on here. Both sides are trying to frame it in such a way as to serve their own self interests.

    Pelini is trying ot frame the termination in such a way that the school will be required to pay the remainder of his contract and the school is trying to frame it in such a way (see the phrase “terminated for cause”) that will allow them out of paying Pelini the final years of his contract.

    I am sure both sides will be getting the laywers involved in short order.

  5. mogogo1 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:45 PM

    The part that’s gotta sting is how they’re unbeaten since he left. Fortunately, Carl knows how to find some substances to take the the edge off that sting.

  6. jmb795 says: Nov 26, 2013 7:16 PM

    I am curious. Do coaches get drug tested?

  7. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 27, 2013 12:57 AM

    Jmb- I’m pretty sure they don’t, and the conference didn’t where I went to school.

    They should have added “and you are a terrible coach. ”

    Don’t worry. Bo will probably need him for his new staff when he finds a new school.

  8. normtide says: Nov 27, 2013 2:28 AM

    The school sounds like they are covering themselves from a law suit. I’m not in HR, but I think it is hard to fire for drug use without a failed test. If there is even a drug policy for the HC. In fact I doubt they can even say he used drugs without a failed test.

  9. boomgrounder says: Nov 27, 2013 3:29 AM

    The main thing is that a HC and Asst. Coach who were drug users including Cocaine are no longer coaching at FAU. The players, the other coaches, school and the fans deserve better.

  10. sportsdrenched says: Nov 27, 2013 10:08 AM

    We are in the days post Penn State, and Stubensville, OH; that “failure to report” is almost more of a career death sentence for a coach than recreational drug use….and I’m not sure that’s a bad thing.

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