In a world where everything you do is highly monitored and magnified, coaches and athletes are in the higher end of the magnification spectrum. On Wednesday afternoon, Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Carl Pelini was forced to resign for illegal drug use. Defensive coordinator for the Owls, Pete Rekstis, has also resigned for the same reason. Both men were allegedly at a social even where marijuana was offered and the two men partook in the act.
There are two problems with this. First of all, Pelini is supposed to be a grown man and a guy who is looked up to by younger people. As a role model, you have to always think about what the correct thing is to do at all times. He failed to exercise any solid judgement and, therefore, announced his resignation from the program after just one and two-thirds seasons. He led the Owls to a 3-9 record in his first year as head coach a season ago and then began the 2013 season with a 2-6 record apparently forcing him to commit such an unprofessional act.
The second problem with this situation is the fact that Pelini is supposed to be a respected man and leader of a program. His players are supposed to look at him as a model for success and he is supposed to mold and shape these boys into men. How is he supposed to do so when he is out smoking weed on a Friday night?
Showing complete and utter recklessness as a man in a power position, Pelini should never get another chance to lead a program again. He cannot be trusted off the field and it seems like this is something that he does on a regular basis if he partook in the illegal drug use without a second thought.
Florida Atlantic will be looking to name an interim head coach. Pelini is the older brother of Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini.
Apparently incompetence runs in the family.