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Bo Pelini and Tom Osborne comment on Carl Pelini's leaving
After spending all four years on his brother Bo's staff here at Nebraska, Husker defensive coordinator Carl Pelini has taken over as head coach at Florida Atlantic University.
Carl signs a five year deal worth about 2 and a half millions dollars for his move to South Florida.
Carl takes over for the well known Howard Schnellenberger whose been the only coach in the decade long history of the program.
Howard, of course, is best known for engineering Miami's January 1st, 1984 Orange Bowl win over Nebraska for the National Championship.
His FAU team, which visited Nebraska in the '09 season opener, was just 1-11 this season.
We don't know if Carl will remain on the Husker staff to coach in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando January 2nd.
FAU might want him to hit the recruiting trail right away, and clearly, they need players.
Bo Pelini and Tom Osborne released statements today. Bo Pelini:
"Carl is very prepared to tak the next step and become a head coach and I am excited for him. He has all of the skills you need to be a successful head coach and I think the opportunity at Florida Atlantic is one with a lot of potential.
"Carl has been a big part of our success here at Nebrask and it has been great for the two of us to be able to work together the past four years"
"Carl Pelini has done a fine job working with our defense here at Nebraska. Our defense made excellent improvement in his first year as defensive coordinator and over the three years we have been among the nation's best defenses. Carl is a very intelligent coach, is detail oriented and with his coaching experience,
I believe he is ready to take the next step as a college head coach. We wish him well at Florida Atlantic."
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