Florida Atlantic hires Carl Pelini as new football coach

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Carl Pelini is the new football coach at

Florida Atlantic.

The university's trustees approved a 5-year contract that would

be worth $2.49 million in base salary on Monday. The former

Nebraska defensive coordinator replaces Howard Schnellenberger, who

coached his last game before retirement over the weekend.

Pelini is the brother of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. Carl Pelini

spent four years at Nebraska on his brother's staff, and his only

previous head-coaching experience is at the high school level.

FAU finished this season 1-11, tied with three other schools for

the worst record in major college football.

Schnellenberger had been the only coach in the history of the

program. He urged FAU's players over the weekend to help the

incoming coaching staff make a smooth transition.