Karl Dorrell has been named the next head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes, according to Ian Rapoport.
Dorrell agreed to a five-year, $18 million dollar contract that will see him remain in Boulder through the 2024 season.
“The thing that excited me about this job is that my experience in the past here for the most part has been very successful,” explained Dorrell in a press release. “We had a lot of good teams, went to a lot of good bowl games. It’s a top caliber program that has a lot of potential, and I’m excited to return it to that level.”
Dorell has been a coach in both college and the NFL since 1989, including two two stints as a coach at Colorado. He spent 1992-95 as a wide receivers coach/offensive coordinator and returned as a wide receivers coach from 2000-02.
His only previous head coaching experience came between 2003-07 when Dorrell was the main man at UCLA. He finished with a record of 35-27, including a Sun Bowl victory in 2005.
Most recently, Dorell has been in the NFL as the wide receivers coach for the Jets between 2015-18 and the Dolphins in 2019.
The Buffaloes were without a coach after Mel Tucker departed Boulder for Michigan State on February 12. Tucker was 5-7 overall, 3-6 in the Pac-12 in his lone season at Colorado.
The search has been long and difficult for the Buffaloes, who have been turned down by many of their leading candidates. Most recently, Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy declined to take the job.
The hire feels desperate for the Buffaloes, who have not won a bowl game since 2004. Dorell, while an extremely talented coach at multiple levels, was clearly not the team’s first choice and will be inheriting a struggling program.
Dorrell’s background in the passing came should excite Colorado fans, as the Buffaloes finished second-to-last in both passing yards and passing touchdowns in the Pac-12 last season.