It's official: Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini has been hired as Florida Atlantic's new head coach.
Florida Atlantic's trustees approved the hire Monday after the parties had agreed last week to a five-year deal that will pay Pelini a total of $2.49 million.
Trustees got packets with Pelini's sales pitch over the weekend, coming away duly impressed.
"Frankly, if he does three-quarters of what he says in here, it's pretty amazing," FAU trustee Bob Rubin said. "[Athletic director Craig Angelos] found the right guy."
Pelini has spent the past four seasons at Nebraska working under his younger brother, Bo, as the team's defensive coordinator. Nebraska had a top-15 defense in both 2009 and 2010 but endured some inconsistency this season. Carl Pelini was a high school head coach in both Missouri and Ohio but hasn't run a program at the college level.
Bo Pelini now must make a crucial hire as he looks for his brother's replacement. He'll surely put in a call to good friend Mike Stoops, the former Arizona head coach who might be the nation's most coveted defensive coordinator candidate. Sam McKewon makes a good case for why Bo Pelini should hire Stoops, as he needs a big name to take the program to the next level.
Stoops will be tough to land, and if he goes elsewhere, it will be interesting to see where Bo Pelini looks.