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Carl Pelini resigns from FAU

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By: Hannah Paczkowski

It was a stressful day at Florida Atlantic University as they lost two football coaches. One being head coach Carl Pelini, older brother of Nebraska's Bo Pelini.

"We have an obligation to put our students in the best possible position to succeed and this does not do that," FAU Athletic Director Pat Chun said.

Chun said Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis resigned Wednesday morning. Reports said the two were caught using illegal drugs at a social event off campus.

Chun read a statement from Pelini on Wednesday saying:

"I apologize for exercising poor judgment. 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 came to FAU after serving as defensive coordinator for Nebraska under his younger brother. He became the second person to ever coach FAU's football team since its first season in 2001. They haven't had a winning season since 2008.

The Owls have a 5-15 record under Pelini. This was his second season with the team.

Offensive coordinator Brian Wright is set to take over the team on an interim basis. Chun said they're conducting a national search for a permanent replacement for both coaches.

"We're going to come out a stronger athletic program, stronger football program and a stronger university because of this," he said.

Reports said Pelini and Rekstis were escorted from the FAU football offices by police, but no arrests were made. 

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