Karl Dorrell will make $18 million as Colorado's head coach

Karl Dorrell

Dorrell previously was the Buffaloes' offensive coordinator and receivers coach from 1995-98 and the wideouts coach from 1992-93.

Athletic director Rick George vowed to act quickly to find his replacement.

Karl Dorrell said Monday at his introductory news conference that being named the head football coach at the University of Colorado is his "dream job" and pledged to develop his players both personally and professionally as he continues to try to build the program back into a national contender. Dorrell's most noticeable contribution to the Dolphins came in DeVante Parker's long-awaited breakout.

There will be questions about whether Dorrell deserves the payday, but Colorado was in a tough spot with a coaching search at this time of year and probably had to offer a good chunk of money to get people to listen. "He knows it can be done". Dorrell's only other head coaching gig was with UCLA when he went 35-27 from 2003-07. He is a defensive coordinator, he has never been a head coach.

Dorrell received a five-year contract worth $ 18 million that requires a salary of $ 3.2 million in 2020 with increases of $ 200,000 annually.

Among those in attendance Monday was basketball coach Tad Boyle, who has the No. 21 Buffaloes off to a 21-7 record.

"I hope this is my last job", said George. "It's exciting for the program and for the university".

"If I have a great defense, they're turning the ball over and giving me more turns on offense", Dorrell said.

"You have to develop the player, but first, you have to care deeply about the person", Dorrell said, adding that a championship team would have to be "confident, poised, close-knit and confident in the guy that is next to you" in order to become a top-tier team.

He said that despite being an offensive coach in recent years, he wanted the Buffs" defense to be the cornerstone of the team, as often were the defenses of CU's best teams in the "90s.

His message was simple: Think big.

Buffs' new coach said he plans to interview the current CU staff, including interim coach Darrin Chiaverini, one of his former receivers, throughout the week, and that the process to hire his staff "could change, quot; the schedule for Spring practices, which are scheduled to open on March 16". "I want them to put themselves out there and go for what you think is attainable".

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