Carl Pelini, who received his Bachelor's in English Literature from Youngstown State in 1989 (this is relevant later on, trust me), went on KFAB this morning to discuss many things.
Carl Pelini taking year off from coaching. Recently spent time observing at So. Miss. Plans to do same w/ other programs, maybe NFL teams— Rich Kaipust (@RKaipustOWH) April 18, 2014
Probably a good idea, considering the manner in which he left FAU. Pelini went on to characterize it as similar to what Frank Solich did in 2004.
Carl Pelini on time at Florida Atlantic, says there's "nothing I did there that I’m embarrassed about"— Rich Kaipust (@RKaipustOWH) April 18, 2014
Absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about, Carl.
Pelini said there eventually will be some legal action against individuals, but not Florida Atlantic. Will post a blog soon with more.— Rich Kaipust (@RKaipustOWH) April 18, 2014
If I had to guess, I'd assume the two staff members who were having an affair and the AD himself, but I guess we'll find out soon enough. (It is indeed against the two staff members for defamation and Pelini will pay for it out of pocket.) Check out Rich's article - there's more about Pelini and FAU AD Patrick Chun. (Pelini at one point calls FAU a glorified JUCO, so that was cute.)
But here's the most important bit:
Carl Pelini spent about 45 mins on Scott Voorhees Show on KFAB this a.m. Said he recently finished writing novel and going to second edit— Rich Kaipust (@RKaipustOWH) April 18, 2014
Back to Carl novel: Says it's about growing up in industrial town during time of fall of industry and rise of poverty and crime— Rich Kaipust (@RKaipustOWH) April 18, 2014
More on the book from the Omaha World Herald:
"I think it would be very interesting to people who grew up in the American Northeast and experienced that first hand," he said. "Hopefully I can find somebody interested in publishing it."
What do you think, friends? What's the name of Carl's new book? What's the plot? What should Carl write next?
We can only assume this is a prequel novel, setting the stage for Pelini's NEW YORK TIMES BEST-THRILLER:
Set in the modern day, BROKEN PLAY is about a young football coach BUCK McGILLICUDDY whose reputation is destroyed by his right hand man and rising star STEVE POIGNARDER and his lover BETHANY HERRIN. Rising out of the ashes of his hometown in GOODBYE INDUSTRY, McGILLICUDDY has recently taken over as head football coach of the GULF COAST MAROONS, a small time school with big time dreams. But no sooner than he arrives, McGILLICUDDY discovers that life at the top is no walk in the park. As his team learns to play as one, McGILLICUDDY's staff is falling apart. Finding POIGNARDER and HERRIN in each others' arms one night, McGILLICUDDY quickly finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy that could send his team spiralling out of control. With one final play to save his team and save his job, McGILLICUDDY races against the clock and against the machinations of POIGNARDER. Will he convert on fourth and forever? Or will his Hail Mary fall short? Find out in Penguin Book's BROKEN PLAY, available over the holiday season in 2015.
(h/t to Peter Sewell for the main character name. Thank you to all of the submissions. Including Jon's.)
Have at it in the comments. (But let's keep it PG13, please!)