Carl Pelini Named New Head Coach of FAU Football

Carl Pelini
Carl Pelini -- the former defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Nebraska -- is officially the new head coach of the Florida Atlantic University Owls.

Replacing the retiring Howard Schnellenberger, Pelini signed a five-year contract that starts with a $450,000 base salary.

Pelini becomes the second coach in the history of FAU football, since Schnellenberger was at the helm since the team was founded as an NCAA Division I-AA squad in 2001.

Now Pelini, 46, is taking over.

He's the older brother of Nebraska's head coach, Bo Pelini, and started his college coaching career as a graduate assistant in Lincoln in 2003.

Pelini took a gig as defensive coordinator at Minnesota State University, Mankato, in 2004, and then went over to Ohio University in 2005 to take a spot as the team's defensive-line coach, which he did until going back to Nebraska in 2008.

Nebraska went to a bowl game every year Melini ran the defense, including a 33-0 ass-kicking of the University of Arizona in the 2009 Holiday Bowl.

Now we'll have to wait a while to see how he does taking over the Owls, who went 1-10 this year, and will be going to a bowl game only if they fork over the money to watch from the stands.

Pelini's contract -- which can be found here -- includes incentives for ticket sales, bowl appearances, conference titles, and academic benchmarks.

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Wow! Totally underwhelming. Did Carl take care of that extracurricular "problem" he had in Lincoln.? So they hired the brother of the head coach who is actually the defensive coordinator. When FAU is ranked as the worst football program in the NCAA, this is what they get. Can't wait to see his staff.


Considering the academic excellence of FAU, $450,000 for a football coach is a massive waste of taxpayer money.  Just goes to show the incompetence of the administration.


FAU will have a whole new look come next year. You must have a great D in order to build a team around. Pelini is what we need!


FAU got the wrong Pellini. Carl was a nepotism hire. Bo coached the defense and Carl carried a clipboard.

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