FAU has decided on Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini and offered Pelini the job, according to sources at FAU.
Pelini, 46, has not confirmed the offer, texting that "FAU has not made any decision that I am aware of," according to the Omaha World Herald, but sources said details of the contract are being finalized.
Howard Schnellenberger's final game as FAU coach is Saturday. Schnellenberger created FAU's program, which played its first game in 2001, and has been its only coach.
FAU Athletic Director Craig Angelos would not confirm that Pelini has been offered the job, but did not deny it, as he had done when previous reports surfaced about offers.
"We are indeed in the last stages of the search process and will have more clarity on the subject in the next few days," Angelos texted Friday morning. "In the meantime we are working on seeing that Howard's last game is a complete success."
Pelini has been the defensive coordinator since 2008, when he was hired by his brother, Bo, when he took over as head coach at Nebraska.
Prior to that Pelini had been the defensive line coach at Ohio University from 2005 to 2007. Pelini's previous experience was a high school coach in Ohio and Minnesota and a graduate assistant at Nebraska and Kansas State. Pelini's only head coaching experience has been at the high school level.
Pelini is scheduled this year to make $395,000, according to the Omaha World Herald. Schnellenberger made $407,905 in 2010 according to a USA Today report.
Nebraska's defense was ranked No. 1 in the country in 2009, but has slipped in recent years. The Cornhuskers were No. 8 in 2010 and are 58th this season, allowing 390.5 yards per game.
"We will have a press conference on Monday as previously planned…it is Howard's time right now," Angelos texted.
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