Carl Pelini wants his job back as Florida Atlantic's football coach.
Pelini contends that he was forced to resign from his job last week after being falsely accused of illegal drug use and is pursuing reinstatement.
Pelini said in an interview with ESPN on Thursday that he did not admit to using drugs -- as the university suggested -- when his resignation was announced.
Florida Athletic athletic director Patrick Chun said when Pelini stepped down that the university received multiple reports of drug use and violations of university policy. He would not specify the nature of the university violations, citing an ongoing investigation by the school's human resources department.
Florida Atlantic defensive line coach Matt Edwards and Allison Stewart had stated in affidavits that they saw Pelini smoking marijuana. Stewart also said he received a text from Pelini acknowledging his drug use.
Pelini and Chun dispute whether the former coach was offered a drug test. Furthermore, Pelini argued that he was not given written notice and a 30-day investigation period, as stipulated by his contract, after the allegations were made.
Pelini told ESPN that Chun said his "denial denial of illegal drug use was irrelevant because I was being relieved of my duties for failure to supervise my staff."
In the first game without Pelini on the sideline, the Owls (3-6) defeated Tulane 34-17 last Saturday.
Pelini, a former defensive coordinator at Nebraska, was in his second season as FAU coach.