On Wednesday it was announced that Carl Pelini had resigned as the head coach of FAU, effective immediately. The reason for his sudden departure from Ft. Lauderdale was announced during a 4 p.m. EST press conference.
Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis had reportedly attended a social event where marijuana was used.
Source told @ESPN Carl Pelini & DC Pete Rekstis resign at FAU. They attended recent social event where pot was used & agreed to resign
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 30, 2013
Pelini was in just his second season with the Owls after working as the defensive coordinator under his brother Bo at Nebraska.
He led the program to a 3-9 record in his first season. FAU currently stands at just 2-6 in 2013. For all those losses, however, a midseason departure still felt odd, and now we know why.
His resignation was not for on-field performance, but rather extracurricular activities.
Athletic Director Patrick Chun has announced that offensive coordinator Brian Wright will take over the team.
*UPDATE* While there is no confirmation on whether or not Pelini and Rekstis used illegal substances, there is this piece of information to chew on.
Pelini and Rekstis both admitted to what FAU athletic director Pat Chun called “illegal drug use.”
— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) October 30, 2013