Pac-12 peers have high praise for CU Buffs’ Karl Dorrell

When Colorado hired Karl Dorrell as head football coach in February, it raised eyebrows across the country.

During CU’s search, Dorrell’s name never came on a candidate list; he has not been a head coach since he was fired from UCLA after the 2007 season; and he has since spent all but one (2014) as an assistant coach in the National Football League.

However, at least two Pac-12 coaches applauded for rent.

During a Pac-12 webinar on Wednesday, Herm Edwards of Arizona State and Chip Kelly of UCLA both had high praise for Dorrell.

“I thought it was a great asset to (CU Athletics Director) Rick George,” said Kelly. “I don’t get the out of the box (perception); I understand that he went out and hired a very good person and I think Karl is going to do very well there.”

Kelly said he is familiar with Dorrell, who was a longtime head coach at UCLA from 2003-07.

“He has an incredible reputation, just like a person,” said Kelly, a 2013-16 coach in the NFL before returning to college football. “He’s a good person. I have never heard anyone say anything negative about Karl. He’s doing well. He holds people accountable; he takes responsibility. He had an incredible reputation as a position coach in the National Football League. ”

Edwards also said that he has known Dorrell for many years. Edwards, an NFL coach from 1992-2008, said he saw Dorrell grow as a coach.

“A man of great character and integrity,” said Edwards. “I saw him as a young coach making progress and going up the food chain to become head coach and all that good stuff and I just saw him working from afar.

“You can’t have a better boy to lead that soccer team.”

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