Posted November 26, 2013

Report: FAU now says Carl Pelini wasn’t fired for using illegal drugs

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FAU originally said Carl Pelini was fired for using illegal drugs. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

FAU initially said Carl Pelini was fired for using illegal drugs. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Carl Pelini’s abrupt resignation/firing as head coach at Florida Atlantic was not a result of his using illegal drugs, according to a letter from the school’s interim president, per an ESPN report.

During an Oct. 30 news conference, FAU athletic director Pat Chun said that Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis resigned after both admitted to using “illegal drugs,” which was in violation of their contracts.

A week later, Pelini told ESPN he was seeking reinstatement, denied using illegal drugs and said that he “was being relieved of my duties for failure to supervise my staff.”

According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the school as since amended its cause for termination:

“FAU did not terminate your employment because of a finding that you used illegal drugs,” FAU interim president Dennis J. Crudele wrote in the letter Tuesday. “Accordingly to clarify these significant points … your resignation is withdrawn and your separation is converted to a termination with cause based on our finding that you failed to timely report certain conduct of a member of your staff, as required by your contract.”

Crudele’s letter reportedly indicates that Pelini will “accept this course of action and waive [his] right to appeal this decision.”

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FAU has won three straight games since Brian Wright took over as interim coach and is on the cusp of becoming bowl eligible.

“It is unfortunate that the good work you were doing to help turn around our football program ended under these circumstances,” Crudele wrote to Pelini. “The high note that our team is ending the season on and its promising prospects for future seasons is a direct reflection of your good work.”


11 comments
RobRandall
RobRandall

Pelini used drugs.  I suspect the administration is doing him a favors he can coach somewhere else again. As well as to avoid potential litigation regarding his termination.  They give him a nice recommendation and say he did a great job and he goes on his way. 

kcole473
kcole473

Wow. Looks like someone else will be losing their job. Drama....

dandogwood
dandogwood

The damage is already done and Pelini is labeled a drug user and a snorter of cocaine. You cannot repair a damaged drug reputation.  LAWSUIT

eddie767
eddie767

Strange how things change when you get sued. AD says one thing, Pres.says something else was Pelini really the HC? Pelinidid something,what is the question. When your boss and his boss don't know,who knows.

nola70118
nola70118

Pat Chun should be fired too.  The way "this" (we don't really know what it is) has been handled screams of unprofessionalism.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Look for lawsuits and big money in deformation of Pelini's name. Pelini needs to hire Roy Black in Florida.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Maybe he failed to report that he and others were using drugs, huh?

Cool
Cool

Ok, what did he fail to report?  Did he fail to report that some of his staff members were having an affair and were making up stories to get him fired?  This story is getting more bizarre each week. 

Cool
Cool

@RobRandall And you know this because...you have psychic abilities... you have witnessed him doing drugs.. or you just simply choose to believe him over the two people having an extramarital affair and lying to their spouses????   Tell us how you came to you most certain conclusion.  

mountainbrook417
mountainbrook417

@dandogwood   I doubt there will be a lawsuit. When you file a lawsuit the people  you sue get to hire their own lawyers and investigators  to do an investigation, depose witnesses and often find out things you didn't want them to know.