Carl Pelini's Alleged Cocaine and Marijuana Use Caused Resignation

By Nicholas Jervey on November 1, 2013 at 7:49p

( Steve Mitchell / USA Today Sports / October 12, 2013 )  FAU football coach Carl Pelini had a 5-15 record in less than two seasons after replacing Howard Schnellenberger.

Florida Atlantic football coach Carl Pelini's resignation has sent shockwaves through college football, not to mention the Ohio State coaching staff. On Friday evening, information regarding his and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis's dismissals became clearer and more sordid with allegations of recent cocaine and marijuana use.

According to documents obtained by SB Nation, two people signed affidavits stating that they had personally seen Pelini and Rekstis smoking marijuana on Oct. 19 in Key West, Florida. One source said he had seen both men using cocaine within the last year, while the other said Pelini had admitted that he "uses drugs on occasion" on Oct. 20.

There may be more revelations and liability to come. FAU athletic director Pat Chun indicated to CBS Sports's Jeremy Fowler that there is more to the story than illegal drug use, and a story from the South Florida Sun Sentinel is under heavy scrutiny from lawyers.

Documents obtained from the Freedom Of Information Act request are below.




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OSUStu's picture

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

40 Degrees North's picture

If this Matt Edwards is indeed the assistant coach Matt Edwards, he will have a tough time finding a coaching job again. It would not shock me if Carl Pelini and Pete Rokstis are hired somewhere else before Edwards.
Sad to say, but a reality of business.

Nicholas Jervey's picture

That's an interesting question, as Florida Atlantic's defensive line/special teams coach is also named Matt Edwards. I don't want to speculate, but that's one of the few ways the situation could get weirder.

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harleymanjax's picture

On the news down here in Florida they are reporting that he did actually use drugs in front of the other coaches on his staff

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

40 Degrees North's picture
The possibility of that made me immediately think of this guy. I remember reading the article a few years ago. I had to do some searching to find the name. 
Abar Rouse was on the staff at Baylor University when the murder of Brian Dehenny occurred in the early 2000's. He taped Baylor head coach Dave Bliss doing his activities after the murder. When the article was written a few years ago, Rouse was building airplane parts in Wichita Falls. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Dude is 48 years old - grow up already.

741's picture

No hookers? Lame.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

I just fat fingered the last two posts godddaaaaammit. Someone help these gents out.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Kaceybrown's picture

Lol no worries. My finger gets pretty fat sometimes too

harleymanjax's picture

So.......your team is 2-5 and you spend your bye week getting high in Key West instead of recruiting or practicing?
Yeah that's the kind of coach somebody will hire lol

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Jonnferrell's picture

Cocaine is a powerful drug.  

"I miss Brady Hoke."

Quack_Quack's picture

I remember thinking at the time what a great hire this was for Fau, that's a shame.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

I cant even begin to imagine a Pelini on some booger sugar. The artificial energy mixing with genetic Pelini rage...probably needed the weed to chill out and keep his heart from exploding.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

It's like giving cocaine to a maltreated chimpanzee.

brandonbauer87's picture

You assume that cocaine is not the normal state of mind. It's possible that the moments of lucidity are merely the brief pauses between highs. 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Ha knew that it couldn't JUST be weed.  Cocaine is a hell of a drug. 

Class of 2010.

sbentz4's picture

Now that's a "player's coach"

BassDropper's picture

I hate snitches 


NoVA Buckeye's picture

Willing to bet Carl Pelini was partying with Sam Jones (edit: I had tried to post the scene from Ted where John and Ted do cocaine with Sam Jones at Ted's apartment, but my internet hates me right now)


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Alex Boones Liver's picture

Some teams use elaborate cards or numbers to signal in plays, FAU uses more unorthodox signals

johnblairgobucks's picture

Some teams use elaborate cards or numbers to signal in plays,

They sure do.........


buckeyeEddie27's picture

Dude could snort half of Studio 54 with those nostrils.  GEEZUS

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Hovenaut's picture

How does FAU go from Howard Schnellenberger to Carl Pelini?

OurHonorDefend09's picture

You can take the man out of Youngstown, but you can't take the Youngstown out of the man.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

Knarcisi's picture

That would explain the nostrils. What's Bo's excuse?