Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini has been offered the FAU head coaching job.
Carl Pelini has offer
Updated 12:09 a.m. FAU has offered its head football coaching job to Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini, a source told OwlAccess.com and a report says he will accept.
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BOCA RATON – FAU Athletic Director Craig Angelos has extended an offer to Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini to become the next Owls football coach, a source told OwlAccess.com on Thursday.
CBSSports.com reported that Pelini was "expected " to accept the offer and ESPN.com said Pelini has a "verbal" agreement to replace FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger, who will coach his last game on Saturday.
A message left on Pelini's cell phone wasn't returned and Angelos did not return messages either on Thursday night.
Pelini, the brother of Bo Pelini, the Huskers' head coach, has been in charge of the Nebraska defense since 2008. Nebraska's defense is ranked 36th in total defense this season, allowing 350.7 yards per game.
In 2010 Nebraska finished 11th in the nation in total defense. The year before the Cornhuskers led the nation in scoring defense.
Carl Pelini came to Nebraska after spending three years at Ohio. He spent 2003 at Nebraska as a graduate assistant before moving to Minnesota State in 2004.
Sources said FAU had also engaged in serious discussions with Florida State running backs coach Eddie Gran.
Several head coaches have contacted Angelos on Gran's behalf including Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, USC coach and former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, Florida coach Will Muschamp, Texas Tech coach and former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, former Miami coach Randy Shannon, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
Last week, OwlAccess.com was the only media outlet to report that Angelos interviewed Pelini in Nebraska.
Defensive line gets two players back: FAU senior defensive end Kevin Cyrille, who received a concussion in the Owls loss at Troy is expected back in the starting lineup after not starting in the victory vs. UAB.
Senior defensive end Jamere Johnson who started in the last game he played, the loss at FIU, will be back this week after serving a two-game suspension for making contact with a game official.
However, Johnson is not expected to start and took most of his snaps behind David Baptiste.