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FAU’s Pelini and Rekstis abruptly resigns after illegal drug use

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: October 31st, 2013 at 1:03 am EST

There have been several coaches that have been fired already in college football.

Yet, Carl Pelini is the first head coach to abruptly resign after coaching Florida Atlantic University. The second-year head coach resigned after athletic director Pat Chun describe his conduct with an assistant coach as “illegal drug use.”

Carl Pelini (Getty Images)

Carl Pelini (Getty Images)

FAU is also without Pete Rekstis, who also resigned from the program. Chun said that the incident involved Pelini and Rekstis in his press conference, which he called unacceptable.

Chun said no other football staff members or football players were involved. Before leaving the team, Pelini did not have the opportunity to talk to his team.

Pelini did release a statement to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, where he apologized for exercising poor judgement. Both Pelini and Rekstis were escorted by police away from the school.

“I apologize for exercising poor judgment,” Pelini said in a statement distributed by the school. “My greatest concerns at this time are for me 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.”

On Monday, the school was informed of illegal drug use by two coaches. Then, on Tuesday, law enforcement came to the school and visited with the athletic department.

Then on Wednesday night, Chun made his move to force Pelini and Rekstis to leave the program. The team is just 2-6 this season and had a 3-9 mark last year, which was Pelini’s first year at the school.

Brian Wright, who was the offensive coordinator, has been promoted to interim head coach. Also, Jevan DeWitt, who was the linebackers coach, has been named Owls defensive coordinator for the rest of the season.

“Number one, I’m concerned for our football team,” Chun said. “Obviously, I’m disappointed in Carl and Pete, but my thoughts are more about our kids and our assistant football coaches and what’s going through their minds. This is a tough deal for kids and we’ve got to help these kids process this. They all looked up to these two guys and that’s a tough place to be.”

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