A Florida Atlantic assistant coach told the school that he witnessed former Owls coach Carl Pelini using marijuana last month and that he also witnessed him using cocaine in the past year.
Those claims by Matt Edwards played a vital role in the investigation that led to Pelini's resignation this week. Edwards remains on staff, working with the defensive line and special teams.
Edwards' sworn affidavit was released by the university on Friday. Edwards and Allison Stewart said they saw Pelini smoking marijuana in Key West on Oct. 19. Stewart's affidavit, also sworn, said she got a text from Pelini one day later "admitting that he uses drugs on occasion."
Pelini, 48, and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis resigned Wednesday after athletic director Patrick Chun confronted them with information that he said was introduced by two informants.
An email sent Friday to Brian Kopp, an attorney who sent FAU officials a statement from Pelini shortly before Pelini's resignation was announced, was not returned.
Pelini's contract specified that if he used "any narcotics, drugs, or other controlled substances" he could be subject to firing. Because he resigned instead of getting fired, he might be able to recoup $500,000.
Edwards said he saw Rekstis also using marijuana and cocaine in the past year.
Edwards had worked with Rekstis at Miami of Ohio, and Pelini raved about him when he brought him to FAU, saying he was "blessed" to have him.
UCF: The Knights are using a bye week for extra prep time before hosting Houston next week. UCF (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) benefited from a bye week earlier this month before upsetting Louisville. UCF's players said aside from being able to watch Houston's victory over USF on television Thursday night, the key this week was keeping the hunger and confidence that got them out to their best start since 1998. The Cougars and Knights are the only unbeaten teams in the conference.
Tennessee: Defensive lineman Maurice Couch was ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA. The school plans to appeal.
Volleyball: Visiting UCF ended USF's (13-11, 7-3 American Athletic Conference) five-match winning streak with a 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 victory.