Carl Pelini Wants His Job Back, Now Denies Drug Use

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Former Florida Atlantic football coach Carl Pelini wants his job back.

The former Nebraska defensive coordinator, who resigned October 30th after acknowledging to FAU officials that he used illegal drugs, now says the school forced him to quit and denies the drug use.

FAU Athletic Director Patrick Chun says they have ample evidence to support the allegations.'s Brett McMurphy reported last month that Pelini and FAU defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis were at a social event where marijuana was used.

"I apologize for exercising poor judgment," Pelini said in a statement released last week. "My greatest concerns at this time are for my family, the dedicated FAU players and my staff. I am confident that Pat Chun and the university administration will continue to move the program forward."

Pelini, brother of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, led the Owls to a 2-6 record this season, 1-4 in Conference USA play. FAU was 3-9 in 2012, Pelini's first season leading the team. Pelini had a five-year, $2.49 million contract at the Boca Raton school. He was Nebraska's defensive coordinator from 2008 to 2011.

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