Football Coach Wasn't Fired Over Drug Use, FAU President Confirms

November 27, 2013

Florida Atlantic University football coach Carl Pelini was not fired because he used illegal drugs at a social event, as FAU’s athletic director initially suggested, but because he failed to supervise a staff member, FAU President Dennis J. Crudele wrote in a letter to Pelini obtained by ESPN. Pelini had said after his forced resignation that he never used drugs, and was seeking reinstatement. However, Crudele wrote in the letter that Pelini’s resignation was “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.” FAU defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis, who resigned alongside Pelini, allegedly engaged in drug use at the same event.

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