Karl Dorrell’s Colorado Contract Details Revealed
The details of Karl Dorrell’s Colorado contract were revealed on Sunday afternoon. They are impressive, to say the least.
Dorrell was officially announced as the Buffaloes’ new head coach this weekend following a very public search to find Mel Tucker’s replacement.
Tucker, of course, departed Colorado to return to Michigan State and replace Mark Dantonio after his abrupt retirement.
Although big names like Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, New York Giants linebackers coach Bret Bielema and Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun were all considered for the role, it ultimately went to a surprising candidate in Dorrell.
According to multiple reports, Colorado will be paying Dorrell $18 million over five years. In the first year, his salary would be $3.2 million and then increase on a early basis by $200,000.
#CU makes the hire of Karl Dorrell as Buffs new coach official. AD Rick George has proposed that CU’s Board of Regents approve a five-year deal for Dorrell worth $18 million, in which the first-year salary would be $3.2 million and then increase by $200,000 annually.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 23, 2020
Interestingly enough, Dorrell’s deal will actually pay him more than Tucker was supposed to make in 2020. The now-Michigan State head coach was set to make roughly $2.7 million.
Dorrell previously served as Colorado’s offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach from 1995 to 1998.
From 2003 to 2007, Dorrell was the UCLA head football coach. During that time he led the Bruins to five bowl appearances and a 35-27 record. He was ultimately fired in 2007.
Most recently, the 56-year-old spent the past five years as a receivers coach for the New York Jets from 2015 to 2018, and then the Miami Dolphins in 2019.
Dorrell has not held a college coaching job in six years, when he was Vanderbilt’s offensive coordinator.
“I’m excited to be back, it’s like coming home,” Dorrell said on Sunday.
“The thing that excited me about this job is that my experience in the past here for the most part has been very successful.
“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.”
Colorado obviously did not have a lot to choose from coaching-wise after Sarkisian and Bieniemy opted to stay at their current places of employment, so the program made the best choice it could given the circumstances.
Is Dorrell truly the right man to turn the Buffaloes around? Time will tell.