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FAU AD: Drug use not only factor in Carl Pelini resignation

Florida Atlantic learned about "other violations of university rules" with Carl Pelini in light of his resignation Wednesday over illegal drug use, athletic director Pat Chun told CBSSports.com.

FAU received multiple reports of drug use and violations of university policy early this week, Chun said, leading to the resignation of the Owls coach, as first reported by ESPN. Defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis also resigned for his involvement in the school's investigation.

When asked about the exact nature of the other violations, Chun declined comment because the investigation was a human resources matter.

"Once people came forward, once we had facts, what I went to Carl and Pete with were facts," Chun said.

Pelini said in a statement Wednesday, "I apologize for exercising poor judgment."

Two whistleblowers approached the athletic department with alleged evidence of drug use by the coaches. Pelini resigned once told by Chun of the reports. Chun told CBSSports.com that incriminating pictures -- think Larry Eustachy -- were not involved in the investigation.

When asked if the case would have been handled differently if Pelini were 20-0 instead of 5-15, Chun said, "No, I would hope it wouldn't (have)."

Chun expects an exhaustive search for a new head football coach but as of Wednesday evening was not sure if he'd use a search firm.


Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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