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FAU's Board of Trustees approves the hiring of Carl Pelini as the Owls' next football coach and is introduced at an afternoon news conference.

Originally published on 12/5/2011

by Marcus Nelson

Florida Atlantic’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hiring of Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini as the Owls next football coach on Monday morning.

Pelini, 46, was formally introduced at a press conference at 2 p.m. at FAU Stadium.

Pelini will be the second football coach in FAU history, taking over for Howard Schnellenberger, who coached the final game of his career on Saturday.

Pelini will receive a five-year contract with a base salary of $450,000 with the possibility to make more with incentives such as:

  • Winning the Conference Championship and receiving a BCS bowl game invitation: $50,000.00
  • Winning the Conference Championship and receiving a non-BCS bowl game invitation: $20,000.00
  • Receiving an at-large bowl game invitation: $10,000.00
  • Earning a Top 10 final college coaches’ poll national ranking $25,000.00
  • Winning the National Coach of the Year Award: $25,000.00
  • Winning the Conference Coach of the Year: $ 7,500.00
  • Receiving a top 10% NCAA APR recognition: $10,000.00
  • Receiving a top 25% NCAA APR recognition: $ 7,500.00
  • Season tickets exceed 12,000: $100,000
  • Season tickets exceed 18,000: $150,000
  • Season tickets exceed 24,000: $200,000

Pelini, the brother of Huskers' head coach Bo Pelini, 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.

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