UPDATE: Florida Atlantic athletic director Pat Chun announced that head coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis have resigned.
Chun confirmed that the resignations occurred after the two coaches were confronted about reports of illegal drug use, which Chun said both admitted to.
Police escorted the two coaches from the football facility this morning, but Chun stated that it was done as “an HR matter” and no arrests were made.
Offensive coordinator Brian Wright will serve as the interim head coach while linebackers coach Jevan Dewitt will replace Rekstis as defensive coordinator.
Chun said that a national search is already underway for a permanent replacement.
Chun released the following statement:
“On Monday, I was made aware of these concerns and I immediately reported the allegations to our General Counsel. 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.
“I am personally very saddened for our student-athletes, coaches and staff. I just met with the players a few moments ago and notified them of the news. As you could imagine, the reaction was shock, dismay and disbelief. What I do know is that the FAU football team is a resilient group of young men and they will work through this, and learn and grow from this experience. It is a heartbreaking day for us all.
“I’d like to emphasize that nothing takes a higher priority than the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes. We will work to ensure that any student-athletes’ questions and concerns are addressed. And let me reiterate, we have no information indicating any student-athletes were involved in any illegal activities.
“Offensive Coordinator Brian Wright will serve as interim head coach, effective immediately. I have great confidence in his abilities to lead this football program. When I asked Brian to take this role he accepted it without hesitation. He is surrounded by eight assistant coaches that are 100 percent committed to our program and student-athletes.”
Carl Pelini has resigned as head coach at Florida Atlantic, per multiple media reports.
FAU has a news conference scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday. The school has yet to confirm Pelini’s resignation, but that is the expected announcement.
Pelini succeeded Howard Schnellenberger as coach following the 2011 season, and was 5-15 in just under two seasons with the Owls.
Prior to FAU, Pelini was defensive coordinator for his brother, Bo, at Nebraska. Bo Pelini also finds himself under fire as the Huskers’ coach.
The Owls are 2-6 on the season, including a 1-4 mark in Conference USA. They are coming off a 45-10 loss to Auburn and are host Tulane (6-2, 4-0) on Saturday.
Florida Atlanta has averaged just 20.8 points per game this season, which ranks 105th in FBS.
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