Carl Pelini hired by Florida Atlantic

Updated: December 5, 2011, 3:48 PM ET
Associated Press

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Carl Pelini helped turn around Nebraska's defense. He's now taking on a significantly bigger challenge.

Pelini was hired Monday by Florida Atlantic, where he's now the second coach in program history and replacing the retired Howard Schnellenberger. Pelini and FAU agreed to terms on a deal late last week, and the university's trustees formally approved the hiring Monday morning.

"I'm ready to take on this task," Pelini said at an on-campus news conference Monday ...

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