According to Brett McMurphy, a college football insider at ESPN, former Florida Atlantic head coach Carl Pelini has told ESPN that he was forced to resign, denies drug use and seeks to be reinstated. In one of the most bizarre situations in college football this season, the school produced documents that alleged that Pelini and his defensive coordinator, Pete Rekstis that special teams coach and defensive line coach, Matt Edwards witnessed them smoking marijuana in Key West on October 19th. The same coach alleged they had also used cocaine in the last year. The affidavit was also signed by Allison Stewart, who is described as being close to the FAU program.
There has been talk that FAU would seek to get some of its money back from Pelini, but this declaration from Pelini puts a wrench in everything. Pelini is defending his reputation and if he is right, he would be able to sue the school for a number of different things including defamation of character and breach of contract. Meanwhile, if Pelini and Rekstis are found to have done this, it only magnifies the focus on the situation and could effectively end their chances of getting a job for a while in college football; possibly ever. With this news, there will be far more details released and there will be far more investigation into this story.
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