Oct 12, 2013; Boca Raton, FL, USA; Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Carl Pelini looks on from the sideline during the first half against the Marshall Thundering Herd at FAU Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Atlantic head coach Carl Pelini resigns after being caught for 'illegal drug use'

After ESPN.com first reported it earlier in the day, Florida Atlantic University announced a short time ago that head coach Carl Pelini has resigned from his position as head football coach, effective immediately. The reasoning behind the resignation was described by Athletic Director Pat Chun as “illegal drug use.”

Defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis, who was allegedly also involved in the incident, has also resigned.

Pelini was not present at the news conference officially announcing this move, but he did issue a statement in which he apologized for his actions:

“I apologize for exercising poor judgement.”

Police escorted Pelini from the football offices, but that’s regular protocol. He was not taken into custody for anything.

Offensive coordinator Brian Wright will take over as interim head coach and linebackers coach Jevan DeWitt will serve as his defensive coordinator.

Pelini finishes his career at FAU with a 5-15 record and was off to a 2-6 start this season. In his first year last season, after arriving from Nebraska where he was the defensive coordinator for his brother Bo, he was 3-9.

 

 

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