Carl Pelini has resigned at Florida Atlantic
- by Zach Barnett 10 months ago
Florida Atlantic head coach Carl Pelini resigned on Wednesday, effective immediately, according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com.
Hired before the 2012 season following four years as Nebraska's defensive coordinator, Pelini posted a 5-15 record in his season-and-a-half at FAU. The Pelini era coincided with major change for the Florida Atlantic football program, as the Owls moved from the Sun Belt to Conference USA before the 2013 season. Florida Atlantic was Pelini's first college head-coaching job after a dozen seasons in college football.
With the move, Florida Atlantic becomes the fourth FBS program to make a coaching change this season, following USC, Connecticut and Miami (Ohio).
The school will hold a 4 p.m. ET press conference to discuss the situation. The Owls are set to host Conference USA-leading Tulane on Saturday.
As always, we will update with more information as it comes in.
Update from Scott: This job will draw more interest than some might think. The dollars aren't there but a great opportunity is.
4PM ET Update> FAU AD Pat Chun has announced that Pelini and Rekstis have resigned. Offensive coordinator Brian White to serve as head coach. Read a statement from Chun and Pelini by clicking here.
“They admitted to wrong doings and they resigned on the spot.” Chun on Carl and Pete. — Andrew Ivins (@andrewrivins) October 30, 2013
Carl has a statement: I apologize for exercising poor judgement. — Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) October 30, 2013
Jevan Dewitt will be FAU’s new DC. He’s the linebackers coach. — Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) October 30, 2013
“this is an HR matter” No police involvement here. — Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) October 30, 2013
Chun says Pelini will not be given a chance to address the team. — Andrew Ivins (@andrewrivins) October 30, 2013
Chun says the coaching search has officially begun. — Andrew Ivins (@andrewrivins) October 30, 2013
FAU AD Pat Chun said he was ready to fire with cause. Pelini and Rekstis accepted their fates without incident.— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) October 30, 2013