Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini's resignation on Wednesday was due to illegal drug use, according to the university.
FAU held a press conference to announce the departure of Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis and announce that offensive coordinator Brian Wright would be the interim head coach. Athletic director Pat Chun said he found out about the incident on Monday.
Pelini and Rekstis both admitted to what FAU athletic director Pat Chun called “illegal drug use.”
— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) October 30, 2013
"On Monday, I was made aware of these concerns and I immediately reported the allegations to our General Counsel," Chun said in a statement. "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."
Both coaches submitted their resignations on Wednesday and Pelini issued a statement apologizing for poor judgment.
"I apologize for exercising poor judgment," Pelini's statement said. "My greatest concerns at this time are for my family, the dedicated FAU players and my staff. I am confident that Pat Chun and the University administration will continue to move the program forward."'
ESPN reported that the two were at an event where marijuana was used. Pelini and Rekstis were also escorted from campus by police, though they were not arrested and Chun said that the issue was a human resources matter. Following the press conference on ESPN 106.3, Chun said that illegal drug use was prohibited in Pelini's contract and that once he told Pelini what he knew, Pelini offered his resignation.
Pelini and Rekstis were taken away from the FAU football offices by police. No arrests were made. — Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) October 30, 2013
“this is an HR matter” No police involvement here. — Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) October 30, 2013
Pelini was hired as head coach of FAU before last season and was 5-15 as the Owls' head coach in less than two seasons, including a 2-6 record this year. Florida Atlantic plays Tulane on Saturday.
It has not been a good season in college football to be a Pelini. Carl Pelini was the former defensive coordinator at Nebraska under his brother Bo. Bo Pelini came under criticism after audio of a 2011 tirade was released following Nebraska's home loss to UCLA in September.
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