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Colorado Officially Announces New Head Football Coach

A general view of a football game being played between Colorado and Cal.

BOULDER, CO - SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the field as the California Golden Bears offense takes on the Colorado Buffaloes defense at Folsom Field on September 10, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Colorado football officially announced the hiring of Karl Dorrell as the program's new head coach moments ago.

After interviewing Bret Bielema, Troy Calhoun and Steve Sarkisian, among others, Colorado called on the 56-year-old Dorrell, who spent the 2019 season as the Miami Dolphins' assistant head coach and wide receivers coach. On paper, this hire is a curious one.

Dorrell has not been a college head coach since 2007, when he was dismissed after leading UCLA to a 6-6 record. In five seasons with the Bruins, Dorrell went 35-27 and reached five bowl games, so he did experience some success in Westwood. However, he's only spent one season in college since getting fired.

That was in 2014, when Dorrell served as the offensive coordinator at Vanderbilt. He lasted one season as the Commodores went 3-9.

From 2015-18, Dorrell was the wide receivers coach with the New York Jets. He also held that position with the Miami Dolphins from 2008-10 and was the quarterbacks coach of the Dolphins in 2011 and Houston Texans in 2012-13.

Here's a look at the contract details for Dorrell.

Since 2008, Boulder has been a football wasteland. Colorado has had one winning season in its last 12. That came in 2016, when Mike MacIntyre led the Buffaloes to a 10-4 record an appearances in the Pac-12 Championship Game and Alamo Bowl.

It will be on Dorrell now to try and return the program to its lost glory days of the 1990s.