BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis both resigned Wednesday after school officials said they acknowledged using illegal drugs.
FAU received information about the allegations from two individuals Monday, then investigated and confronted the coaches Wednesday after the morning practice, athletic director Patrick Chun said. Law enforcement officials also visited the school.
"That behavior is unacceptable for a lot of reasons," Chun said. "Like I told our student-athletes today, we all have responsibilities. When you wear the logo of Florida Atlantic University, you wear it 24 hours a day. … We hold you to a higher standard and you have to hold yourself to that standard."
Chun said that as of Wednesday afternoon, neither Pelini nor Rekstis is facing any charges. The investigation is continuing, and Chun said that was limiting the amount of information he could reveal, other than the drug usage happened off-campus, not at an official school event, not on the most recent road trip and that no players were involved.
Neither of the former coaches were permitted to address the team before leaving campus.
Offensive coordinator Brian Wright will serve as interim head coach for the 2-6 Owls, who play host to Tulane on Saturday. Linebackers coach Jevan DeWitt will be the defensive coordinator.
"I apologize for exercising poor judgment," Pelini said in a statement distributed by the school. "My greatest concerns at this time are for my family, the dedicated FAU players and my staff."
Illinois QB's dad banned: Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase's father has been banned from campus for a year after his arrest following an altercation at last week's game at Michigan State, university police said. Nathan Creer was arrested after an argument that involved at least five people. No one was injured, but Creer, 51, pleaded not guilty to resisting an officer, a misdemeanor, and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Dec. 17, according to Champaign County court records. The ban can be appealed. Creer was already on probation after an earlier misdemeanor trespassing conviction.
Cincy 34, Memphis 21: Brendon Kay threw for 321 yards and a touchdown, and the Bearcats (6-2, 3-1 American Athletic) held the Tigers (1-6, 0-4) to 232 yards of offense in winning their third in a row. Tion Green scored a pair of touchdowns, the final one from 3 yards with 1:26 left.
South Carolina: Quarterback Connor Shaw, who missed time this week because of a virus, practiced and is likely to start against Mississippi State
UF guard sick: Gators sophomore guard Michael Frazier, a projected starter, will miss at least Friday's exhibition against Florida Southern after being diagnosed with mononucleosis. Also, 6-foot-8 forward Devin Robinson, a member of the ESPN 100 from Chesterfield, Va., said he will sign with the Gators over Indiana, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.
Memphis: The NCAA suspended freshman Kuran Iverson, part of the nation's No. 2 recruiting class, for the opener against Austin Peay for playing in an unauthorized summer-league game in Connecticut. NCAA rules allow players only to play in summer-league games either near their home or where they attend school but not both. The forward had played in a classic in Memphis.
Tennessee: Former women's coach Pat Summitt was released from a Knoxville hospital after completing what her foundation described as "a round of routine tests." Summitt stepped down as coach in 2012 after announcing a year earlier she had early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.
Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.