There’s reportedly a new clubhouse leader in the race to replace Mel Tucker — and this one is charging in hard from out of left field.
Karl Dorrell, the former CU assistant, ex-UCLA coach and current Miami Dolphins wide receivers coach, has “emerged as favorite in the Colorado search,” Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel reported via a tweet early Saturday afternoon. Multiple outlets have since confirmed that Dorrell will be hired.
Dorrell, 56, hasn’t been a head coach since serving a five-year stint from 2003-07 with the Bruins, where he posted a 35-27 record, 24-18 in the then-Pac-10.
The California native and UCLA alum had two stints as a Buffs assistant, working as a wide receivers coach under Bill McCartney from 1992-93 and as offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach for Rick Neuheisel from 1995-98. He was a wide receivers coach with the Denver Broncos from 2000-02.
“Numerous coaches involved in the job have been told they aren’t getting it,” Thamel tweeted. “No deal done yet.”
CU had reportedly interviewed former USC and Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, former Wisconsin and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, and interim coach Darrin Chiaverini, among others, in recent days. It’s not clear yet when CU will announce a permanent successor for Tucker, who departed for Michigan State on Feb. 11 after just 14 months on the job, becoming the first CU coach with a tenure of only one season since Bud Davis in 1962.