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Carl Pelini’s tenure at Florida Atlantic came to an abrupt halt Wednesday.
Pelini resigned from his head coaching position at FAU along with defensive coordinator Pete Reksits after admitting to the use of illegal drugs.
FAU athletic director Pat Chun confirmed the notion at a press conference, stating that both coaches confessed to the use of illegal substances in a social gathering. Chun said that two individuals approached him with hard facts about the coaches activities on Monday morning and that led to both Pelini and Reksits’s resignation on Wednesday.
“They admitted to wrong doings and they resigned on the spot.” Chun said. “I explained to them what I had uncovered and they tendered their resignation.”
It was reported by ESPN’s Brent McMurphy that cannabis was the alleged drug of use, but Chun declined to comment on the situation because of the on-going investigation.
Pelini (pictured) was present at the team’s practice Tuesday morning, but after the session he was confronted by Chun who revealed his findings.
Chun stated that he was prepared to terminate both Pelini and Rekstis, but that wasn’t necessary as they both resigned on the spot.
“I’m shocked, this isn’t what anyone had expected,” Chun said. “It’s tough to process right away because it’s not what you expect to hear. I know how much was at stake for Carl and Pete with this job, so it’s just a disappointment.”
Florida Atlantic campus police arrived at the Tom Oxley Athletic Center shortly after the meeting with the coaches, but according to Chun it was just a precautionary measure.
Chun read a statement at the press conference from Pelini, that summarized that matter.
“I apologize for exercising poor judgement,” the statement said.
Offensive coordinator Brian Wright was appointed as the acting head coach by Chun and linebacker coach Jovan Dewitt is the team’s new defensive coordinator. Chun, who met with the team Wednesday afternoon, stated that Pelini and Reksits would not be given a chance to address the players.
Pelini leaves FAU with a 5-15 overall record. The Owls host Tulane on Saturday for homecoming.