Two people allege Pelini smoked marijuana, used cocaine

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Carl Pelini’s surprising departure from Florida Atlantic took another turn Friday when school officials released sworn affidavits from two people, including a member of Pelini’s staff, alleging that the football coach was seen using marijuana and cocaine.

FAU assistant coach Matt Edwards told officials that he witnessed Pelini smoking marijuana in Key West, Fla., on Oct. 19, the Saturday of an off week for the Owls. That was echoed by another person, Allison Stewart, who also said she got a text message from the now-former Owls coach one day later in which he was “admitting that he uses drugs on occasion.”

Edwards remains on the staff, and is expected to be coaching today when Florida Atlantic plays host to Tulane in Boca Raton, Fla.

Brian Wright has replaced Pelini as head coach, on an interim basis.

TCU roundup

• Swimming and diving: TCU won three events, but fell to San Diego State in a dual meet.

Gabi Korac won the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:05.57, Ali Bleadsell won the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:07.33, and Kristen Connolly won the 1-meter diving. The Frogs are 1-2.

• Women’s tennis: TCU won two singles matches and a doubles match on the first day of the Metroplex Mania at North Texas.

Millie Nichols and Seda Arantekin won their doubles match, beating Dan Joubrt and Agustina Valnzuela of 8-5.

They also won their singles matches. Nichols beat Dasha Sharapova of SMU 6-1, 7-5, and Arantekin defeated Yana Erkeeva of SMU 6-2, 6-3.

• Soccer: TCU lost to visiting Baylor 1-0 in the regular-season finale on Bri Campos’ free-kick goal from 26 yards out in the 54th minute. The Frogs (6-9-3 overall, 2-5-1 Big 12) will play in the conference tournament next week. Baylor (10-5-3, 3-4-1) outshot the Frogs 16-8.

• Equestrian: Fifth-ranked TCU defeated No. 9 Texas A&M 14-6 and moved to 3-0 on the season.

UConn, Kentucky tops

Connecticut is the unanimous choice atop The Associated Press’ preseason women’s basketball poll.

The Huskies, who finished last season with their eighth national championship, received all the first-place votes from the 36-member national media panel.

It’s the ninth time that UConn has been the top team in the preseason. Five of those years they went on to win the title.

Baylor is ranked 10th, Oklahoma 11th, Texas A&M 16th and Oklahoma State 21st.

Kentucky was No. 1 in the men’s poll, the Wildcats’ third preseason No. 1 and first since 1995-96, when they won the national championship. The other preseason No. 1 was in 1980-81.

UTA volleyball falls

UT Arlington fell to visiting Georgia State 3-2 in Sun Belt Conference volleyball.

Shelby Dickson had her 11th double-double of the season with 22 digs and 13 kills. Charmaine Whitmore picked up her second double-double with 10 kills and 11 blocks.

“They wanted it more than us,” UTA coach Diane Seymour said. “That’s the bottom line. They came out and wanted to win.”

The Mavericks dropped to 15-11 overall and 8-5 in league play.

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