By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Bowling Green Falcons football team will have a new leader for the rest of the season. The team fired former head coach Mike Jinks on Sunday.
He is the first FBS head coach to be fired this season. The team is just 1-6 this season, including four straight losses.
During this winless streak, the team has been defeated by Miami (Ohio), Georgia Tech, Toledo, and Western Michigan. They have been outscored 195-101, including a 63-17 blowout loss to Georgia Tech.
“I want to thank Coach Jinks for all of his efforts with our football program and in the BG community,” athletics director Bob Moosbrugger said. “However, we felt it was time to make a change in leadership. These are not easy decisions and we do not take this lightly. This affects 11 coaching families, 112 student-athletes and numerous support staff. We wish Mike and his family the best in their future endeavors.”
Jinks took over for Dino Babers after he left to become the Syracuse Orange head coach after the 2015 season. In two-and-a-half seasons, he just went 7-24 with the Falcons.
He is just 3-16 over the past two seasons. He also went 2-9 within the Mid-American Conference during that two-year stretch.
Jinks will be replaced by Carl Pelini, the team’s former defensive coordinator. He’ll begin his tenure with a road game at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio against the Ohio Bobcats.
Pelini is receiving his first head coaching opportunity since being forced out in 2013 as the Florida Atlantic Owls head coach. He admitted that he left for using an “illegal drug.”
However, according to two affidavits, Pelini alleged used marijuana and cocaine during his time at the school. According to the Freedom of Information Act documents, which were obtained by SB Nation, two witnesses, Matt Edwards and Allison Stewart, admitted that they witnessed Pelini taking the drugs.
Edwards was also the name of the Owls’ defensive line and special teams coach. He also allegedly admitted to seeing Pelini smoking marijuana in Key West on Oct. 19, 2013. He claimed that he saw Pelini do marijuana and cocaine in the past 12 months at the time of his statement.
He also admitted that FAU defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis, who resigned, also did the same. He also collaborated information about marijuana use on Oct. 19.
Pelini was 5-15 as the Owls head coach before his exit.
“We have a talented group of hard-working student-athletes and I look forward to the program finishing the season strong playing for the senior class under the leadership of Coach Pelini,” Moosbrugger said. “Our football program has been a source of pride for our alumni and fans,” Moosbrugger added. “We need football to be successful to help our entire athletics department and University. We are committed to excellence on the field and in the classroom.”
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