NCAA: Ex-FAU Owls Coach Carl Pelini Wants Job Back

Ex-Florida Atlantic Owls head football coach Carl Pelini wants his job back, a week after he resigned amidst allegations of drug use.

Nov 8 2013, 12:09am CST | by

NCAA: Ex-FAU Owls Coach Carl Pelini Wants Job Back
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Disgraced former FAU Owls head football coach Carl Pelini wants his job back. 

Chuck King of wrote about Pelini's desire to coach once again in a Nov. 7 update.

"Pelini, who resigned as FAU football coach on Oct. 30, sent a signed letter to FAU Interim President Dennis Crudele, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Anthony Barbar and FAU General Counsel David Kian stating that he was forced to resign by FAU Athletic Director Pat Chun and wishes to be reinstated.

"In the letter Pelini denied using drugs and stated that Chun told him it didn't matter whether he used drugs or not because he also failed to properly supervise his staff."  

King cited the website Deadspin, which first published the letter. Here is a part of the letter:

"On October 30, Mr. Chun detained me and informed me that 'multiple sources' whom Mr. Chun did NOT identify, had alleged that I had used illegal drugs. I denied using illegal drugs three times and offered to take a drug test. Also, I informed Mr. Chun that two individuals had strong motive to have me removed from my head coaching position.

"Incidentially, these two individuals are the same persons whose affidavits were released to the press last Friday. Mr. Chun responded to me by telling me that the truth about my drug use did not matter because I was being let go based on a failure to supervise my staff.

"Importantly, my forced resignation occurred after Mr. Chun and a university police officer took my phone and denied my requests to contact my legal counsel and I now know that my legal counsel would have advised me NOT to sign the letter."

He ended his letter by writing,"Reinstatement will allow me to clear my name, which has been so severly tarnished both locally and nationally, in and outside the sports world."

Chun fired back by way of a department spokeswoman. He said he stands "by my statement and decision from last week." 

"We had ample evidence to support the charges that we confronted both coaches with," he added. 

The other coach Chun is referring to is former defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis, who, along with Pelini, allegedly confessed to Chun about illegal drug use, per the Associated Press' Tim Reynolds.

According to Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post, Pelini had more than three years left in a five-year deal with the university when he resigned on Oct. 30. He was due to make $497,224 in 2013. He has already been paid $414,000 from this amount.  

Since he took over as Owls head coach in 2011, Pelini had posted a 5-11 record. He is the brother of Nebraska Cornhuskers head football coach Bo Pelini

Former Owls offensive coordinator Brian Wright was tapped by FAU to be its interim head football coach. Under his guidance, the Owls beat the Tulane Green Wave 34-17 on Nov. 2 to improve to 3-6 for the season. 




Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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