The first head coaching change of the 2018 season has been made. Bowling Green announced on Sunday it has removed Mike Jinks from the position of head coach of the Falcons. Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini will take on the role of interim head coach for Bowling Green for the remainder of the season.
“I want to thank Coach Jinks for all of his efforts with our football program and in the BG community,” Bowling Green Director of Athletics Bob Moosbrugger said in a released statement. “However, we felt it was time to make a change in leadership. These are not easy decisions and we do not take this lightly. This affects 11 coaching families, 112 student-athletes and numerous support staff. We wish Mike and his family the best in their future endeavors.”
Jinks took on the role of head coach of Bowling Green after the 2015 season after serving as an assistant running back coach at Texas Tech from 2013 through 2015. Jinks replaced Dino Babers, who was hired away by Syracuse, and the hope was he would be able to continue the offensive momentum Babers had established following Dave Clawson. That just never materialized.
The last two and a half years have been tough for the program. Bowling Green went 4-8 in the first season under Jinks and followed that last season by going 2-10. Bowling Green dropped to 1-6 after a 42-35 loss at home against Western Michigan on Saturday. The only win of the 2018 season came against Eastern Kentucky, a 42-35 victory in Week 3.
Bowling Green will be on the road this week to play Ohio as Pelini steps into the head coaching role for the first time since being the head coach of Florida Atlantic in 2012 and 2013.
Former Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini is settling into his new job as head coach of the Youngstown State Penguins. The step down in profile among college coaching jobs is a refreshing change of pace for the hot-tempered Pelini, and it could be just what he needs the most.
Ralph Russo of the Associated Press wrote a solid profile of Pelini today, taking a look at how Pelini is adjusting to the life outside of the bright spotlight that comes with coaching a big time college football program as storied as Nebraska. The pressure may not be quite as high in Youngstown, but it is still a state with tremendous football pride and the job is still similar in many respects.
“Coaching’s coaching,” Pelini explained. “This whole step back thing … You coach where you’re coaching. I wouldn’t be opposed to ever coaching high school ball. The challenges are always there. They’re different at different places.”
Pelini also was given a chance to comment on the audio recording of a meeting with Nebraska players Pelini held following his dismissal by the university. In it, Pelini is heard using some strong language and criticizing Nebraska athletics director Shawn Eichorst.
“I think it’s sad that it came out,” Pelini said. “That’s what’s wrong with that place.”
Nebraska and Pelini are going their separate ways now. Pelini has taken his family home to Youngstown, where he will also be charged with resurrecting a once dominant FCS program back to national relevance on an annual basis. Pelini has also added his brother, Carl Pelini, to the coaching staff. Meanwhile, Nebraska moves forward with a new head coach on the opposite polarity of Pelini, former Oregon State head coach Mike Riley.
Youngstown State may fastly be becoming the most fascinating FCS football program in the country. After hiring former Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, it looks like the Penguins could be adding one more Pelini to the mix.
Carl Pelini is reportedly being considered for a job on Bo Pelini’s coaching staff. According to a report from The Vindicator in Youngstown, Carl Pelini could become the defensive line coach at Youngstown in his first coaching job since being fired as head coach of Florida Atlantic two years ago.
Pelini’s dismissal at FAU in 2013 was the result of failing to report the conduct of a staff member, rather than what had been previously reported as use of illegal drugs. Whatever the case, Youngstown State seems to be a good landing spot for a couple of coaches looking to redeem their reputations as college football coaches. Given the lower profile of the FCS compared to what each Pelini was working under before, this may work out very well for Youngstown State.
When Florida Atlantic made the decision this week to remove Carl Pelini has head coach, there was plenty of discussion about alleged marijuana use. Word quickly spread that thee was more to the story besides marijuana use, and apparently there may be some truth to that rumor.
According to a report by SB Nation published Friday, Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis agreed to resign from his job after being tied to alleged marijuana and cocaine use during their tenures at Florida Atlantic. According to documents obtained by SB Nation through a Freedom of Information Act request, two witnesses (possibly an assistant coach) accused Pelini of using the drugs.
You can see the documentation used for the report via SB Nation’s original story.
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.