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FAU Football Coach Carl Pelini Resigns After Allegations of Drug Use Emerge

On Wednesday afternoon, reports surfaced that FAU football head football coach Carl Pelini had abruptly resigned.

No immediate reason was given for Pelini's departure, but following a press conference by athletic director Pat Chun Wednesday afternoon, it was revealed that Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis were accused of using illegal drugs.

Chun says that no players were involved.

Pelini and Rekstis were escorted from the campus by police Wednesday morning, but no arrests were made. It is unlikely any charges will be filed.

Chun revealed that he received word of the coaches were using drugs from an anonymous tip. This led to an investigation where Chun came across more evidence of drug use. He then called FAU's office of general counsel to discuss the matter.

ESPN's Bret McMurphy said that Pelini and Rekstis had attended a "social even where pot was used."

Chun says he confronted Pelini and Rekstis on the accusations. The two men admitted to it and tenured their resignations on the spot.

Pelini earned a 5-15 record in two seasons coaching the Owls.

FAU has only won 2 games thus far this season, with four games remaining on the schedule.

Before taking over the Owls, Pelini worked with his brother Bo as defensive coordinator / defensive line coach at Nebraska.

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